It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our dear friend and colleague, Sherie de Burgh, who passed away peacefully after a long illness, on Wednesday 15 February. Sherie joined One Family in 2004 as Director of Counselling Services, having developed the IFPA’s crisis pregnancy counselling service previously.
Sherie was a visionary who worked tirelessly to support women, couples and parents through the difficult landscape of unplanned pregnancies, relationship separation, parenting and family conflict. Her life’s work truly made a difference; a difference for so many thousands of people experiencing times of great trauma and difficulty, and in contributing to a more inclusive and progressive Irish society.
We thank Sherie for this, and for her commitment and compassion. We remember her wisdom and professionalism, as well as her deep laugh and sense of fun. No words can adequately express our sadness at her death or how much we will miss her, but we are grateful for the opportunity we had to work with her.
Our thoughts are with Sherie’s son, Dorje, and all of her family and friends. Her colleagues at One Family will honour her memory by striving to continue her extraordinary work.
Post updated on Saturday 15 April 2017:
An Obituary published in the Irish Times on 15 April 2017 can be read here.