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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Embrace Farm launches new autumn schedule of supports

Support network for farm families bereaved by sudden and unexpected death and farm accident survivors, Embrace Farm, has launched its autumn schedule of supports.

Over the past eight years, it has met farm families who have experienced tragic loss and those adjusting to rebuild their lives after trauma.

This autumn, Embrace FARM has several options to support farm families, including meeting people who have been through what you have in a supportive group online or in person.

Embrace FARM has three different groups running this autumn:

  • Self-Care & Wellness;
  • Art Therapy (no experience needed);
  • Online Tea & Chat.

Self-care and wellness

4-week wellness and mindfulness programme allows participants to spend a short hour each week learning self-care. Rev.

Treacy O’Connor will guide participants in a mixture of both online and in-person meetings during this journey.

Art therapy

Be guided by art therapists Pauline and Niamh, to use art to help you with your emotions and journey of grief following the loss of a loved one in a farm trauma.

A series of nine sessions in a small group setting at Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre, Co. Laois, will allow participants to plan their time to avail of this unique way of processing their grief;

Tea and talk

Bereavement support group meetings: Autumn/winter meetings with its support counsellor, Eimear Kelly, in its tea and talk support group meetings.


One-to-one support through its Encircle program allows Embrace FARM to provide you with individual supports that you may require right now.

Embrace FARM’s Encircle programme – which That’s Farming wrote about in this article – involves a tailored approach for 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.

Support network

A spokesperson for Embrace FARM said:

“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.”

“Embrace FARM 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.”

“Embrace FARM meet adults at all stages in their lives coming to terms with the sudden death of their sibling, parent, grandparent.”

“Sometimes that close friend and neighbour is a huge loss to not just their own family but also their community in which they have so generously been involved in.”

“Embrace FARM also meets survivors of farm accidents who once they are through the long road of medical rehabilitation then have to figure out how to move forward in a new way.”

“Sometimes being around people who have experienced sudden loss like you have brings relief that you no longer have to describe how you feel,” the spokesperson concluded.

To find out more information about Embrace FARM’s supports, email – [email protected] – or call: 057-8510555 / 085–7709966.

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