Jennifer Moran Stritch with Norma and Brian Rohan
Embrace FARM, the support network for those affected by farm accidents, is reminding farm families that its annual Remembrance Service this year takes place online on the Embrace FARM website this Sunday, June 28 at 2pm.
Coinciding with this, Embrace FARM commissioned a study which suggests bereavement as a result of farm accident is similar to those grieving deaths of first responders.
Jennifer Moran Stritch of Limerick IT Loss and Grief research group who conducted the study said, "There is very little international or Irish research that looks at how families affected by farm deaths experience grief.
"The Embrace FARM study suggests that the experiences of bereaved farming families may be similar to those grieving deaths by suicide or the deaths in service of first responders, police, firefighters and emergency workers.
"People who are grieving these kind of deaths look for two things to sustain them: memorialisation, or the idea that their loved one will never be forgotten.
"Our research suggests that the annual Embrace FARM Remembrance Service is a consistent factor that helps to keep the memory and identity of the deceased loved one alive and vibrant.
"Secondly, people want to know that the death of their loved one has meaning and if it had to happen, hopefully someone else will not have to go through the pain they are now experiencing.
"That’s where the farm safety messages along with the advice and support from Embrace members and founders play a role," she stated.
Embrace FARM Remembrance Service
Last year more than 150 families had their loved ones remembered at the Ecumenical Service and Embrace FARM is encouraging people to send names of those they would like remembered this year.
The Embrace FARM online remembrance service will take place this Sunday, June 28 at 2pm. The live stream will be broadcast on www.embracefarm.com.
To submit loved ones details for inclusion call or WhatsApp 085-7709966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with name, county, year of death or accident and a photograph if available.
Embrace FARM (Farming Accidents Remembered & Missed) was established by Brian Rohan and his wife Norma in 2014.
Having experienced the tragic loss of his father Liam during 2012 in a farming accident, Brian and Norma decided after some research to organise an ecumenical remembrance service for families who had lost a loved one or suffered serious injury in a farming accident.
Embrace FARM is supported by a voluntary board of directors who give their time freely in the development of the organisation.
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