Supporting you in finding your way through sudden loss

The Rohan family, Brian and Norma with their children Julie, Emily and Liam, at the Embrace Farm Annual Remembrance Service in the Most Holy Rosary Church, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. (Picture: Alf Harvey)

A support network for farm families bereaved by sudden and unexpected death, or who have survived farm accidents, has launched their autumn schedule of supports.

Over the past 8 years Embrace FARM has met many farm families who have experienced such tragic loss, farm families who have to try to adjust to rebuilding their lives after such trauma.

Sometimes being around people who have experienced sudden loss like you have brings relief that you no longer have to describe how you feel – Embrace FARM is the place where you will find support, friendship and understanding.

Some of the people Embrace FARM meet are women at all stages of their lives with young families or grown-up adult children. They have lost their partner in life suddenly and now have to take on their partner’s role as a farmer.

This brings many questions, decisions to be made and uncertainly for the future sometimes, while also attempting to nurture their children’s grief.

The support network also meet parents who have tragically and suddenly lost their child, an unimaginable grief that goes against the natural order of life that no words can attempt to describe; and meet adults at all stages in their lives coming to terms with the sudden death of their sibling, parent, grandparent.


This autumn, Embrace FARM has a number of options to support farm families.

When trying to navigate your way through sudden loss you must spend time looking after yourself. You can experience such a range of emotions that sometimes it can be helpful to meet with a group of likeminded people on that same journey.

Embrace FARM has three different groups running this autumn: (1) Self-Care & Wellness, (2) Art Therapy (no experience needed) and (3) Online Tea & Chat.

One to One support is also provided through the group’s new Encircle program, allowing them to provide you with individual supports that you may need right now. Embrace FARM’s Encircle program involves a tailored approach to you.

Encircle provides emotional support through 1:1 counselling, and professional mentoring with Farm Business, Legal, Financial and Succession planning information to support individuals in the aftermath of a sudden trauma on farm.


As each farm families’ circumstances are different, you will be supported in whatever way you feel you need. To find out more information about Embrace FARMs supports email or call 057-8510555 / 085–7709966.

Bereaved families can call Brian or Norma Rohan for a friendly chat and “we’ll figure out a way forward together”.