People in the region who have been bereaved this year are being advised to seek support

People across the Shannonside Northern Sound region who have been bereaved this year are being urged to seek support.

Longford Older Persons Council says that for many people who are spending the first Christmas without a loved one it will be a very difficult time.

As well as urging people to seek support from people around them, Chair Kitty Hughes says there are special supports from organisations such as the Hospice Foundation.