Ethos & Values

Our vision is that the grief experienced by children and young people in Ireland, following a significant loss in their lives through bereavement, parental separation or divorce, is recognised and that they are offered the understanding and support necessary to foster emotional well-being.

Core Values

  • Grief and loss are normal and natural
  • Grief and loss – a personal, individual journey different for every child and young person
  • The dignity of each individual’s grief journey is at all times respected
  • Participants are not approached directly to avail of the service – the service is offered in local communities
  • Children and young people are best supported within the family. Rainbows supports families at a time of loss
  • Children and young people are active, resilient participants in their own lives
  • Grief and loss can have a profound impact
  • Grief needs to be acknowledged and supported, not denied, buried or ignored
  • The emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people is fundamental to their future mental health and well being
  • Rainbows Ireland recognises the value of group support for children and young people, providing a process of normalisation and engagement with peers in similar situations