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Never Forgotten – Eveleen Ryan

Posted on: November 30th, 2014

For Eveleen Ryan, Mum of Aoife Ryan

'Thinking of you everyday Mum, my girls know you well, although they never met you. Missed deeply and loved dearly. Always and forever. Aoife. '

Never Forgotten – Robert & Breda Wilson

Posted on: November 27th, 2014

For Robert & Breda Wilson, Parents of Sandra Wilson

'Dad & Mam, I wish you could have met my wonderful daughters and seen how girl I married became a very special and loving mother. You’re missed every day.'

Never Forgotten – Joe Morton

Posted on: November 27th, 2014

For Joe Morton, Father of Sandra Wilson

'My dear dad, you are always in my thoughts and with us in our troubles. I feel you watching over me and my wonderful family whom you never had the pleasure of knowing.
Sandra'

Never Forgotten – Richard Hannaford

Posted on: November 27th, 2014

For Richard Hannaford, Husband (and father to Dara) of Norah Casey

'Dearest Richard
We miss you every day and especially so at this time of year. New Year’s Eve was the time we chose to get married on a snowy winter day in Dublin and a few years later we welcomed Dara into our world just a few days before Christmas – a precious gift. Your boy has turned into a handsome charming young man who will be 16 this Christmas. You would be so proud of him. It’s such a comfort to catch a glimpse of you in his smile and his eyes. You will always be in our hearts.
Love Norah & Dara xx
'

Broadcaster and business woman Norah Casey urges people to make this a Christmas to Remember

Posted on: November 27th, 2014

Broadcaster Norah Casey urges people to make this a Christmas to Remember by supporting the Irish Hospice Foundation neverforgotten.ie appeal

 

Broadcaster, businesswoman and former Dragon’s Den star, Norah Casey – whose husband Richard died from cancer in 2011 – is urging people to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.

 

Findings from a new IHF national survey reveal that 53% of people have experienced the death of someone close to them during the last two years. That is more than half of the population who will be feeling the pain of loss this Christmas.

 

This unique appeal invites those who are bereaved to record a message to their loved ones at www.neverforgotten.ie, and to make an online donation to support the work of the IHF.  The messages of remembrance will be displayed online and in our special Book of Remembrance in our library throughout 2015.

 

Launching the appeal today, (November 26th), Norah Casey spoke of how she and her 15-year-old son, Dara, consciously remember her late husband Richard, and other deceased friends and family, at Christmas time.

 

“Since Richard passed away myself and Dara have a strategy. We consciously remember Richard on Christmas day. We visit the tree planted in his memory in the Phoenix Park, we raise a glass to him and we put his favourite ornament on the Christmas tree. We also give a gift in his memory each year.

 

“There is a lot of hype at Christmas about being together and having a happy time. The advice I would give to people who have experienced loss is to actively remember your loved one rather than trying to live up to society’s ideal. The worst thing to do is supress your memories and to pretend that person is not on your mind.”

 

She added: “A big part of my day is remembering Richard and I think that’s healthy. I will be leaving my own message to Richard on www.neverforgotten.ie and I would urge you to support the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation by honouring someone you love this Christmas.”

 

The Irish Hospice Foundation receives no core funding from the state and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to fund many services. Its work includes:

 

  • Funding 85% of the country’s Children’s Palliative Care programme, including four Children’s Outreach Nurses and Ireland’s only Paediatric Consultant with a special interest in Paediatric Palliative Care.
  • Funding 1,207 Nights of Nurses for Night Care, provides vital care and support to patients with life limiting illnesses.
  • Training 3,000 people every year in providing bereavement support
  • Working to improve the environment in hospitals in which people die through our Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme and our Design  Dignity  grants scheme

 

IHF CEO, Sharon Foley, said at the launch of today’s appeal: “Christmas is difficult for bereaved as they try to get through a special family time without their loved one. But let’s make this a Christmas to remember; share your memories, remember the happy times and ensure that the person you hold so dear lives on in your heart and mind for years to come.

 

“Any donation made will support families dealing with end of life and is so welcome. This is a wonderful way to honour a loved one who has passed away. For each of us there is only one chance in life for a good death – that’s one chance to get end-of-life care right.  We rely on public good will to bring quality end-of-life care and bereavement support to everyone.”

 

Go to www.neverforgotten.ie to make a vital donation in memory of the one you love.

 

IHF welcomes palliative care consultant post in the Midlands but calls for urgent development of an in-patient unit in the region

Posted on: November 27th, 2014

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) today welcomed the announcement of a second palliative care consultant in the Midlands, as part of the HSE’s Service Plan for 2015, but is calling for the urgent development of an in-patient palliative care unit in the region.

While welcoming the new post, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation Sharon Foley expressed her serious concerns about the delay in developing an in-patient unit in the region.

“It is totally unacceptable that people in the Midlands don’t have access to full range of services. The critical gap, as identified in 2001 National Policy, is the absence of a specialist in-patient unit. Yet 13 years on and there is still no hospice in the Midlands and it is extremely disappointing that planning for this vital piece of infrastructure does not form part of the HSE’s Service Plan for 2015.

“Recent research funded by the IHF has revealed that a much higher rate of cancer deaths occur in the acute hospital setting in areas that are ‘resource poor’ in hospice services. In the acute hospitals at Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, Tullamore and Portlaoise an average of 6,411 bed days per year are used by palliative patients. This is the equivalent to 18 beds, used on a full time basis.”

Ms Foley continued, “Nationally 45% of patients with cancer who die, do so at home. However, in the Midlands only 37% die at home, while in the Midwest, where services are more developed, a staggering 61% of cancer patients, who die, get to die at home.

“It is simply not good for a modern society that the area in which you live in dictates where you die.”

Ms Foley added, “I am calling on the HSE to work with local hospice groups and the Irish Hospice Foundation to progress this plan to build a comprehensive inpatient palliative care service (Regional Hospice) in the region, including the development of a specialist in-patient unit. The announcement of a second palliative care consultant in today’s service plan can only be welcomed but it remains of concern that such little progress has been made in the Midlands over the years.”

Ms Foley also welcomed the HSE’s plan to meet the identified deficiencies in palliative care beds in West and North Dublin.

Never Forgotten – Michael and Elizabeth Delaney

Posted on: November 26th, 2014

For Michael and Elizabeth Delaney, Parents of Michael Delaney

'May The Lord hold you in the palm of His Hand.'

Irish Hospice Foundation welcomes Government decision to lift medical card renewal requirement for terminally ill

Posted on: November 25th, 2014

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) today welcomed the Government announcement that terminally ill people will no longer have to apply to have their discretionary medical cards renewed.

Currently, everyone is entitled to a medical card if their doctor certifies they have a terminal illness and a limited prognosis – but they must apply to have this renewed after a period of 12 months.

Today Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, said those with a serious illness who hold a discretionary card can be “reassured” that they will retain their card pending implementation of the actions to improve the operation of the scheme.

IHF CEO, Sharon Foley, warmly welcomed the move, saying it was heartening to see the government listen to people’s concerns.

“The renewal process that was in existence was very upsetting for patients and their families. The last thing people nearing end of life need is to be worried about their medical card and if they will be looked after in their last months and weeks of life. The system was very insensitive and we have been campaigning to have this changed.”

www.hospicefoundation.ie

Never Forgotten – Martin Downes

Posted on: November 21st, 2014

For Martin Downes, Father of Deirdre Hetherington

'When I see a robin in my garden I think fondly of you. When I drive in the countryside I think of you. When I am content in all I do I think of you.
Your daughter, Deirdre.'

Never Forgotten – Baby Aisling

Posted on: November 21st, 2014

For Baby Aisling, daughter of Sharon Foley

‘Darling Aisling – you are never forgotten and with us every day. All our love. Mammy, Daddy, Sadbh, Keelin and Patrick.’