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Cause Description

Established in 1977 FirstLight provides free bereavement support services to parents, families, professionals and communities who experience the sudden loss of a child or young person.

Notifications to FirstLight of child deaths increased by 69% in 2017; This can certainly be attributed to the efforts of our staff over the last number of years and their strategic promotion and education at hospital and community level. It should be noted this increase in volume is not necessarily reflective of an increase of sudden child mortality, but a genuine national need for the services of FirstLight and increased awareness of our existence amongst our hospital and community referrers.

Notwithstanding the substantial increase in referrals to FirstLight in 2017, a trend that is continuing in 2018, there are no waiting lists for access to our services - everyone who needed professional support received it in a timely fashion.

Furthermore, we have maintained delivery of our services free of charge for the last 41 years. We are conscious that suddenly bereaved families are faced with unexpected financial costs and believe that financial concerns should not be a barrier to the provision of support to families at this traumatic time.

In order to maintain these support services into the future FirstLight relies to a large extent on the generosity and support of the public, companies and others through volunteering, fundraising and donations. 



FirstLight Provides Professional And Qualified Supports To Anyone Affected By The Sudden Death Of A Child Or Young Person

FirstLight believes that all families should have access to support and information following the death of a child or young person. Through understanding their grieving process and receiving help in dealing with bereavement from appropriately trained professionals, parents and families can learn to live with their grief and begin rebuilding their lives.

All Support Is Provided Free Of Charge And Anywhere In Ireland

If You, Or Anyone You Know Has Been Touched By A Sudden Death, We Can Help

Call Us NOW On 1850 391 391


The organisation has been providing support to bereaved parents and families for 40 years and was originally know as the Irish Sudden Infant Death Association. The organisation was re-branded to 'FirstLight' in 2014.

Where Your Money Goes

Your money goes directly to the provision of professional counselling and support for the parents, siblings and families of children or young persons under the age of 18 who have died suddenly or unexpectedly.

The darkest hour is just before the dawn and the key strength of FirstLight is that we have a deep empathy for suddenly bereaved parents, borne out of personal experience. Because of this experience and understanding, FirstLight provides a light in that darkest hour, that First Light that will help support the parents and families and provide some hope, comfort and support.

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 7716

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20017651

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Carmichael House 4 North Brunswick Street Dublin 7, Dublin 7, Dublin, IRELAND