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Posted on: April 15th, 2014

Help people die in comfort and dignity in their own homes

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An emotional wish

Most Irish people want to die at home; in their familiar surroundings; at the heart of their family.
But unfortunately that choice isn’t available to us all. Most of us die in hospital. The problem is, very often, our medical or psychological needs at the end of life are difficult to meet at home.

Unless we get help.
This is the very reason our free Nurses for Night Care service exists.

Demand is rising. Funding is at breaking point.

Demand for this service has grown rapidly and so have the costs. We’ve helped over 1,300 people since 2006. This year we expect to get requests to provide 1,400 nights of Nurses for Night Care. We urgently need to keep the service going and free of charge so those who need it most can access it. We have no core funding from the State. We rely on public generosity to keep our services going.

Please help us to ensure people can remain as comfortable and pain-free as possible – in their own homes – at the end of life.

Make an instant, inspiring gift right now 

For more information about Nurses for Night Care Service please click here

 

IRISH CHILDHOOD BEREAVEMENT NETWORK’S SOUTH EAST REGIONAL MEETING TAKES PLACE APRIL 29TH

Posted on: April 15th, 2014

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The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is encouraging professionals working with bereaved children to attend its South East regional meeting on April 29th.

 

The meeting, which is free of charge, will take place at St Johns Pastoral Centre, Waterford between 10am-1pm. Professionals including social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers, guidance counsellors from across the region are invited to attend.

 

Nicola Jordan, Co-ordinator of the ICBN stated: “This regional meeting is an opportunity for professionals working with bereaved children and young people in the locality to come together and share their experiences with people who are doing similar work. We are hoping professionals from Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Carlow, Tipperary and Laois will join us on the day.”

 

Launched in 2012, the ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. The aim is to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the heath and loss of their loved one.

 

Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), the ICBN was founded after a study carried out by the IHF found there was a lack of emphasis in government policy on children’s bereavement. It also noted that while there were many strengths, the current system needed to be co-ordinated through networking and discussion.

 

Research carried out in 2012 found that 28% of Irish nine year olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2% have lost a parent.

 

For those attending the meeting, Nicola Jordan will introduce the work of the ICBN. She will be followed by Chair of the ICBN and Children and Loss Consultant Bríd Carroll who will deliver a talk titled ‘Siblings: The Forgotten Grievers’.  It will also be an opportunity for those working locally to meet and discuss current topics of interest.

 

The meeting is the latest in a series being held across the country. It follows a meeting in Sligo in February while another is planned for Dublin on May 30th.

 

To attend in Waterford, you must RSVP to [email protected]. There is no charge for the event.

 

More details here                                                                                

WORKSHOP ON WORKING WITH ADOLESCENT GRIEF TO BE HELD IN DUBLIN THIS FRIDAY

Posted on: April 14th, 2014

 

 

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is encouraging professionals working with bereaved adolescents to attend its Dublin regional meeting on May 30 where they will be able to hear from an international expert on some techniques, tools and skills to support them in their work.

 

The meeting, which is free of charge to ICBN members, will take place at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2. Professionals including social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers, guidance counsellors from across the region are invited to attend.

 

As part of the event, Professor Danai Papadatou will lead a workshop titled, ‘Working with Adolescent Grief.’  She is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Athens. She is also the founder of “Merimna”, a non-profit organization which provides bereavement support to children and their families as well as paediatric palliative home care services in Greece. She has received awards for her contribution in the field, and is an active member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

 

Brid Carroll, Chair of the ICBN stated: “Adolescents face particular challenges in their grief and we are delighted to have Professor Papadatou, who is a world expert in psychology, here to provide this tailored training. As a network, we are uniquely placed to connect with professionals, working at the heart of communities across Ireland, who are providing support to bereaved young people. This training will enhance their skills and knowledge and provide a range of new interventions to develop their practice.

Launched in 2012, the ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. The aim is to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the heath and loss of their loved one

Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and jointly funded by Tusla, the ICBN was founded after a study carried out by the IHF found there was a lack of emphasis in government policy on children’s bereavement. It also noted that while there were many strengths, the current system needed to be co-ordinated through networking and discussion.

Research carried out in 2012 found that 28% of Irish nine year olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2% have lost a parent.

In 2013, the network appointed Nicola Jordan as Coordinator of the network, to develop its membership and activities. In December 2013 they launched their website, www.childhoodbereavement.ie, which is a hub of information for anyone supporting a bereaved child.

To attend, you can register here. There is no charge for the event for ICBN members, but there is a fee of €35 for non-members which includes annual Individual membership to the network

                                                          

 

 

IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION STILL ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR THIS YEAR’S SPANISH CYCLE CHALLENGE

Posted on: April 9th, 2014

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The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has announced it is still accepting entries for this July’s IHF Kingspan Spanish Cycle Challenge.

An initial deadline of April 4th was put in place to allow those who felt they needed to undertake a recommended three month training programme to register. However, those still interested in taking part can now register closer to the departure date but terms and conditions do apply.

 It’s a new dimension for the IHF Cycle Challenge in 2014 with the event being staged in Spain for the first time from July 20th- 26th. Participants will cycle from San Sebastian to Barcelona, a distance of about 550km- 700 km.

 Cyclists have raised over €1.2 million for the IHF on nine separate cycles since 2009.

 All the funds raised this year will support the vital Nurses for Night Care service which allows people with illnesses other than cancer to fulfil their wish of dying at home with dignity. Set up in 2006, it is offered free of charge to patients and their families.

 Demand for the service continues to rise each year and this year it’s set to increase again by 17%. It means it will cost €450,000 to fund the service in 2014, compared to €385,000 last year.

 Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented: “We need to be able to meet the demand and continue our support for this crucial service. The IHF receives no core State funding so we rely on the public’s support and generosity. I want to sincerely thank those who have already signed up but we do need more people to get involved. Just think, while you are undertaking a journey of your own, you will be helping someone back in Ireland on their final journey.”

Participants on the cycle challenge have a fundraising target of €2,950. People who register will pay a non-refundable deposit of €250.  Cycling Safaris will be hand to help with devising a training programme if needs be. For more details and to register, click here