Free resource for Men who have been bereaved

31 May 2016

Cruse Bereavement Care held a launch event on Wednesday the 25th of May in Omagh Library for the launch of a new resource. They have developed a ‘Help & Hope’ booklet to help inform and support men who have been bereaved, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund NI through the Together For You project.

There was a strong interest and attendance, including some local organisations who provide support and services for men; representing organisations such as Male Empowerment Network; St Vincent de Paul; Omagh Men's Support Group; Care for Cancer; Omagh Support & Self Help Group Aware Defeat Depression, and others.  

The event was in partnership with Omagh Support & Self Help Group, with Mr Michael Gallagher the guest speaker.

Alex McMeekin, the Cruse Together For You Manager said “we know that men may express their grief in different ways to women, and employ different strategies to help them cope.  We felt it was important to develop a support booklet specifically for men, providing helpful information, advice, and first-hand accounts from other men who have been bereaved. The booklet has been developed by men, for men.”

Michael Gallagher spoke movingly and honestly of the personal impact of his bereavement experiences.  Of the Cruse booklet Michael said “there has been a gap in recognising the difficulties men face through grief, and it is important that this book is published and available throughout the community, so that men feel that there are other men who understand their pain.  It is an excellent resource, and I am happy to recommend it to men who have been bereaved”.

Gerry McHugh, Chairperson of Omagh & Fermanagh Cruse Office also spoke about the services Cruse provide locally.

Cruse Northern Ireland have been providing support, advice and information to bereaved people, including adults, children and young people since 1984.  There are seven area offices located throughout Northern Ireland.

Download the booklet here or for further information on Cruse services visit 

Picture, from left to right: 

Gerry McHugh: Chairperson of Cruse Omagh & Fermanagh Office, Alex McMeekin: Project Manager, Cruse Together For You Project, Michael Gallagher: Omagh Support & Self Help Group, Terry Mulholland: Co-ordinator, Cruse Together For You Project, Paul Finnegan: NI Cruse Director

Notes to Editor:

  • Cruse Bereavement is a national charity which offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and aims to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse has been operating in Northern Ireland since 1984 across seven centres and has over 450 volunteers.
  • Together For You is an innovative and exciting new project led by Action Mental Health (AMH) in partnership with Aware Defeat Depression, CAUSE, Cruse, MindWise, NEXUS NI, Praxis Care and Relate NI, which delivers mental health and wellbeing services to a range of people across NI. For further information visit
  • The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004.  It was established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.  Full details of the work of the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards are available on the website:
  • Omagh Support & Self Help Group a victims group established after the 1998 Omagh bomb to provide support to those affected.  Currently the Support group provides services to the local community such as welfare advice, counselling, and social support.  You can find more information on
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