Holy Family National School are delighted to be in a position to offer the Rainbows programme to children in our school who have suffered a loss through bereavement or parental separation/divorce. Currently we have 8 members of staff trained as facilitators and co-ordinators. We have set up a waiting list for the programme. Should you wish to add your child to this list or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Ms Dempsey or Ms Meegan in confidence using the email addresses below.




Rainbows is a free, voluntary service for children and young people experiencing loss following bereavement and parental separation.  The Rainbows service is an inclusive service, supporting children and young people experiencing grief and loss resulting from bereavement/parental separation/parental relationship breakdown /divorce.  Attending the programme provides children with an opportunity to meet with other children of a similar age and loss experience, at a minimum of 3 months after the loss.


Rainbows Ireland

The Vision of Rainbows

Our vision is that the grief experienced by children and young people in Ireland, following a significant loss in their lives from bereavement or loss through parental separation and divorce, is recognised and that they are offered the understanding and support necessary to foster emotional well-being.

The Mission of Rainbows

Rainbows Ireland works to enable children and young people who have experienced a significant loss to access peer support.  This support happens within their local communities as they seek to come to terms with their grief and loss.

The Aim of Rainbows

We aim to fulfil our mission by establishing, maintaining and supporting a national network of accredited Programme Centres, where trained facilitators are recruited by each Programme Centre Management Body to guide participants through the various Rainbows peer support group based programmes.


Rainbows during covid 19


Unfortunately, our Rainbows programme has had to cease. Our programme will resume as soon as we go back to school. In the meantime, please note that there are services and supports still available to you and your child at this time.


Rainbows are still taking calls and emails from parents, guardians and the general public and in many cases, signposting to other specialised services.
In some cases, they are providing a listening ear!
The office can be reached on 01 4734175 or 087 3510898    or ask@rainbowsireland.ie


Summary of Helplines:

Barnardos Bereavement: Monday – Thursday: 10.00 – 12.00pm – 01 4732110

One Family Helpline:  Separation/Lone Parents Lo-call 1890662212

Legal Aid Board Information Helpline: 1890 615200
Children’s Rights Alliance: Monday 10am -2pm and Wednesday 2pm -7pm.
You can call us on 01 9020494 or email help@childrensrights.ie
New Barnardos Dedicated Helpline: Phone: 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pm
Separation/Divorce Guidelines on access during the Corona Virus Restrictions:
Legal Aid Board:


One Family Helpline: Please call “askonefamily” Lo-call 1890662212 if you need extra support.

Treoir: Challenges for separated parents during the Corona virus: (https://www.treoir.ie/)
             Phone: 01 6700 120 for further information



The Barnardos Bereavement Helpline is open
Monday to Thursday 10am – 12.00pm: 01 4732110

How to tell children someone has died: (British Psychological Society)

Two new very valuable resources from the Irish Hospice Foundation:
           Grieving in Exceptional times: Video:

Helping Children Grieve during the Corona Virus Restrictions:

Planning a funeral: New from Irish Hospice Foundation

Video: Planning a funeral UTube:

Other Bereavement links:

Winston’s Wish:

Barnardos also have opened a more general helpline for wider issues:

New Barnardos Dedicated Helpline: Phone: 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00 pm
Monday to Friday or by emailing