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If it feels like you're struggling to keep your head above water and that there is no one to confide in...

The pain of loss
Anyone who has experienced loss knows that grief comes in waves - one day seems a little better, and then suddenly you’re knocked off your feet again.

The range of emotions can be overwhelming

  • ANGER at the unfairness of what has happened
  • GUILT that you should have done more
  • CONFUSION over how those around you are (or aren’t) expressing their feelings
  • DEVASTATION at losing a loved one – or your dreams for the future
  • DEPRESSION feeling that things will never get better
  • FEAR that it will happen to you, or another member of the family
  • SHOCK at the diagnosis of a life-threatening condition

We can help

It can be an extremely painful and lonely place to be experiencing such feelings. It is helpful when you are dealing with such life changing and traumatic circumstances to talk things through with a professional counsellor.

Are you:

  • • Trying to come to terms with the Sudden Cardiac death of a loved one?
  • • Dealing with a recent diagnosis of a cardiac condition?
  • • A family member or close friend to one of the above?
Free counselling
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you could greatly benefit from our professional, specialised counselling service. Our trained Psychotherapist is available to speak to you in complete confidence and free of charge.

CRY Charity: + 353 1 452 5482
CRY Helpline: + 353 1 839 5438
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CRY has retained the services of specialised counsellors and has a trained family support group working with families and friends who have been affected by sudden cardiac death or living with cardiac conditions. This is a free counselling service offered by CRY.

CRY Team - Counsellors

Cathy Spillane M.A.

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Cathy is a Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapist. She received her qualifications from U.C.C. –A H-Dip in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 1996, Part Time Honours B.A. Developmental and Abnormal Psychology 1997, M.A. Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy 1999. She is an accredited member of I.A.C.P. Cathy has worked as a therapist for 20 years, she works with individuals, couples, and families. Cathy’s work includes counselling for bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sexual and emotional abuse, addiction, and illness. Cathy has also trained in meditation and relaxation techniques. Cathy works privately from her home in Glenbrook Cork, in a calming atmosphere by the River Lee. Her approach is person- centred.

Lisa Gannon


Lisa has a B.A in Psychoanalysis and a Bsc in Counselling and Psychotherapy obtained from the University of Middlesex. Lisa carried out her training in Coolock Psychiatric day hospital. Lisa has trained in addiction therapy, person centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, grief therapy, family therapy and reality therapy. Lisa works in primary and post primary schools in North County Dublin and has a private practice which is operated from home. As a Psychotherapist, Lisa works with clients in a one to one capacity dealing with many varying issues, such as depression, anxiety issues, addiction, bereavement issues and issues as a consequence of abuse. She is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The Family Support Group Members

CRY currently has a family support members group based throughout Ireland who are available to support family members who are trying to cope with the sudden death of a young family or where a young family member is trying to come to terms with a diagnoses of a condition, as a result of screening which can have profound effects on that person’s lifestyle. These family support members have all been trained and have experienced the consequences of a sudden death of a young family member.

This free counselling service is led by Marie Greene (co-founder of CRY), a qualified Social Worker who attended a specialised bereavement counselling programme at Warwick University in 2000.

Fionnuala Kelly co-ordinates the Family Support Group Members and is also a trustee of CRY.

Our 19 year old son died in his sleep in June 1998. Peadar had just finished 2nd year at University and was fit and healthy. There were no warning signs or symptoms. Nothing compares to losing a child and my grief journey has been very painful. I would hope through my own experience to be able to help and support others on the same journey.

My son was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at the age of 12. He was monitored each year and because he was asymptomatic we were told, other than not taking part in competitive sport he could lead a normal life. He died suddenly at the age of 20 leaving us broken hearted. Although his life was cut short, he lived it to the full. He was kind, full of fun and brought laughter, joy and happiness to our family.

Our son-in-law Paul died in September 2004. He was a healthy thirty year old who enjoyed sport as a hobby. Paul collapsed and died while playing five-a-side football. His death was recorded as Sudden Adult Death. He had been married to our daughter for eleven short weeks. I became a bereavement supporter because being able to talk to someone who has experienced a similar tragedy is sometimes all we need.

June 4th 1998 my family’s life was sadly changed forever, when my brother David aged 20, collapsed and died while playing football at our local GAA pitch. Earlier that day he had his graduation ceremony, from agricultural college. A young fit active farmer and sportsman, who was loved by all who knew him. A mitral valve prolapse was the reason given for his death. We all miss him so much, especially my parents. CRY gives you contact with people who understand. By volunteering I hope to extend that understanding and listening to others who have suffered similar loss of a family member by sudden adult death.

Ten years ago we lost our only son, Ross, to SADS. Ross was 18 years old and was representing University College Limerick in basketball when he collapsed and died. We miss him every day and now help others in the same situation through CRY.

Our daughter Jennifer died suddenly aged 26 on the 22nd of May 2002 from Cardiomyopathy. Jenny died while sitting with her best friend. Jenny’s sudden death devastated all of our lives, she was bright, beautiful, kind and had so much to live for. We miss her every day. I hope that by volunteering I can now help others in the same situation.


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