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Never Forgotten – Gerry O’Toole

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014
For Gerry O'Toole, husband of Patricia O'Toole
'Gerry. You're only gone in the bus ahead of us!! Always remembered and loved. Until we meet again!! xx'

Never Forgotten – Christopher, Elizabeth & Rhona Kennedy

Posted on: December 20th, 2014
For Christopher, Elizabeth & Rhona Kennedy, Parents & sister of Sharon Kennedy
'Cherished memories of my wonderful parents and sister, you will remain forever in our hearts and thoughts. Thanks for the good times - loved and sadly missed by Sharon, Paul, Dean and Noah xxxx'

Never Forgotten – Marcella Shevlane

Posted on: December 19th, 2014
For Marcella Shevlane, Mother of Enda Shevlane
'Sadly missed and never forgetten especially every Christmas '

Never Forgotten – Olivia (Lily) Quinn

Posted on: December 19th, 2014
For Olivia (Lily) Quinn, Daughter of Claire Quinn
'To our beautiful daughter, It's nearly ten years since you left us but seems like yesterday. You will always be a part of our family and as always we will keep a place at the table and a Santa stocking just for you! We love and miss you always Mummy, Daddy, Roisin and Daniel xx'

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: December 18th, 2014
IHF Merry Christmas 2014 Office Closing Times for Christmas  The IHF office will close on Tuesday December 23rd at 1 pm  and open again on Friday Jan 2nd  at 9 am   On behalf of everyone at Irish Hospice Foundation we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year      

Irish Hospice Foundation welcomes launch of Irish National Dementia Strategy

Posted on: December 17th, 2014
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) today (Wednesday, December 17th) welcomed the launch of the National Dementia Strategy which pledges investment in all aspects of care for people with dementia, including palliative and end-of-life care.   The strategy, published by the Government, pledges to prioritise end-of-life care in an appropriate setting for those with dementia, including the rollout of a programme of intensive home supports and homecare packages.   Sharon Foley, Chief Executive Officer of the IHF, commented, “We welcome the recognition in the strategy that palliative care is appropriate throughout the course of dementia, and that staff working with dementia patients should have training in the principles of palliative care.   “We also welcome the recommendation in the strategy that people with dementia should be supported to be cared for in their place of choice as far as possible. This is very important given the results of our recent survey which revealed that 74% of people wish to die at home.”   A National Dementia Strategy Monitoring Group is to be established to monitor progress of the implementation of the strategy, and Ms Foley called for a clear time frame to be set out to enable effective monitoring.   Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare Programmes in the IHF, said the organisation has to date invested €1.5 million in its Changing Minds Programme which develops resources, training and tool kits for staff and families to support people to live well until the end of life.  The programme is also developing dedicated material for people with dementia.   She said the IHF will continue to take a lead role in advocating and supporting the need for dementia palliative care within all health care settings so that people with dementia and their families can live their life with dignity, and receive the quality end-of-life care already available to those with other life limiting diseases.   Ms Lynch added: “Our Nurses for Night Care programme also offers supports to people with dementia and in 2014 we have seen an increase in the number of patients availing in this service.”      

Irish Hospice Foundation offers advice to the thousands of people coping with bereavement this Christmas

Posted on: December 16th, 2014
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is advising people who are bereaved to plan ahead and keep things simple as a way of coping with their loss this Christmas.   Special occasions can be very difficult for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, but there are things that the bereaved can do to make things a little easier, according to Dr. Susan Delaney, Clinical Psychologist and Bereavement Services Manager at the IHF.   A recent IHF survey on attitudes to death and dying in Ireland revealed that 53% of the adult population suffered bereavement in the last two years - that is more than one and a half a million people who will be missing a family member or friend this festive season.   “There is something about Christmas that intensifies all our emotions. The hype begins in October and builds up in the weeks before Christmas, often making make it a very difficult time for those of us who are bereaved,” according to Dr. Delaney.   “The first Christmas without a significant person can be very difficult and simple things like putting up the Christmas tree and setting the table with one less place can lead to upset and loneliness. It is a bittersweet time and it is important that people suffering loss remind themselves they are grieving and are gentle with themselves. Christmas day is only one day and a little planning can help people to get through it.”   Dr. Delaney offers some simple suggestions to make Christmas following a bereavement a little easier:  
  • Plan ahead. Decide what traditions you are comfortable keeping, and let go of others that don’t suit you this year.
  • Keep things simple. Think about what is meaningful and realistic for you and discuss this with other family members.
  • Begin a new tradition – perhaps lighting a candle at the table in memory of your loved one, or bring some holly to the grave.
  • Plan some quiet time for yourself. Grieving is tiring and energy sapping. Have a lie down, or take a short walk. If you accept invitations give yourself the option of changing your mind or leaving early if you need to.
  • If there are children in the family ask them for ideas on how to spend the day. Young children may need to be assured that Santa is still coming and that it is ok to enjoy Christmas even if people are sad.
  Dr. Delaney concluded: “While it may well be a sad Christmas for those who are suffering loss, small, unexpected things may lift spirits briefly: carol singers, the excitement of children in the family, or receiving a thoughtful card from someone who is thinking about you. In the midst of pain and sadness there can be moments of joy to be savoured; try to notice them.”   While the first Christmas is particularly poignant, each Christmas without the person who died will have its own challenge.   Broadcaster and businesswoman Norah Casey, who launched the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Never Forgotten Christmas appeal, spoke of how she and her teenage son, Dara, consciously remember her late husband Richard, and other deceased friends and family, at Christmas time.   “Myself and Dara 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.”   Norah and many others have left personal messages and donated to the IHF in memory of their loved ones on www.neverforgotten.ie   The messages of remembrance will be displayed online and in our special Book of Remembrance in our library throughout 2015.   For more information on coping with bereavement visit www.bereaved.ie  

Never Forgotten – George Coogan

Posted on: December 15th, 2014
For George Coogan, Father of Cecilia Coogan
'Dad, made my Christmas Puddings a few weeks ago and put an extra glass of whiskey into it, remembering how you used to sneak an extra glass into the mix when Mam was not looking - will be thinking of you as we slice into it on Christmas Day! This is our second Christmas without you and Em, the boys and I all miss you as much this year as last. Mam looks for you all the time, but we are taking good care of her for you. The weeks between January 17th when you got ill and had your diagnosis and February 22nd 2012 when you slipped away from us were truly awful but we were greatly helped by the Nursing Home and Hospice Staff, and we take great comfort in knowing you are not suffering now. Love You Always. C & the Gang.'

Never Forgotten – Cathal Sweeney

Posted on: December 15th, 2014
For Cathal Sweeney , Brother of James Sweeney
'You are missed and never forgotten.'

Never Forgotten – Maura Kelly

Posted on: December 15th, 2014
For Maura Kelly, Mother of Marian kelly
'Christmas isn't the same since you left us.'