2nd March, 2016

Embrace Farm – Supporting families after the loss of a loved one from a farming accident

FARMING remains the country’s most dangerous job.

Embrace FARM was founded by Brian Rohan and his wife Norma, a farming family from Shanahoe, Co. Laois, in 2014 to provide a bereavement support group for farm families who, like them, have lost a loved one or, indeed, suffered serious injury in a farming accident.

Brian’s father Liam lost his life as a result of such an accident, which took place on the family farm on June 19th 2012. Rather than just accept the fate that he and his family were delivered, he, together with his wife Norma, founded Embrace FARM in Liam’s memory.

The primary objective of Embrace Farm is providing support to bereaved families through bereavement support sessions and an annual remembrance service. To that end, it has successfully lobbied Minister for Agriculture for Agriculture Simon Coveney for the establishment of a liaison officer in the Department to provide a support service to the families – contact qualityserviceunit@agriculture.gov.ie or lo-call 0761 064445 – of farmers who have suffered sudden tragedies and face subsequent challenges in their dealings with issues surrounding ownership, entitlements, scheme applications, succession and inheritance etc.

The organisation has also recently, in response to the dramatic increase in farm accidents and fatalities, embarked on a farm safety awareness programme that has commenced with the launch of a video campaign ‘What’s Left Behind’, which it tells, through personal testimony, the harrowing legacy of farm accidents.

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