Losing a partner is unthinkable and not something that any of us can truly prepare for, but thankfully there are support groups out there for when the worst happens.

Tom Kennedy joined Jennifer Zamparelli on the RTÉ2FM to talk about the Bereaved Dad's Breakfast Club, a support group for bereaved fathers which he started following the loss of his wife, Carmel, in 2016.

Carmel sadly passed away from cancer following years of treatment, leaving behind Tom and their four young children. Handling both the emotional and practical side of his family's loss, Tom said he had to try and cope with his own grief and well as his children's: "You have to do everything and keep going."

When his children took part in an experimental weekend session of bereavement counselling with painting and group sessions in a hospice, Tom found himself in a room surrounded by a group of parents who were also dealing with grief.

"It was probably 90 per cent women and 10 per cent men, and the men kind of gravitated to each other as we kind of do. They spotted that and shoved us out in the back to the garden, and we sat around a table drinking coffee and tea and we really connected. It was brilliant."

"I had loads of friends that I had had for years," he continued, "but these guys were different because we were in the same trench together and we had a lot in common."

From there, the idea of The Breakfast Club was born.

"We stuck up a WhatsApp group and connected, and then more people were referred to us from the hospice and then other people heard about us and sent us on."

"We started meeting up for breakfast because it was a different dynamic than going out for pints; we sat around and ate breakfast for three hours at different locations around the city and it really worked."

To find out more about the club and to hear Tom speak parenting boys and girls through grief and the importance of men leaning on one another, listen back here.