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Forum 2015 – Dying to talk? Registration open. Book now

Posted on: April 24th, 2015
FORUM ON END OF LIFE 2015 DUBLIN CASTLE Thursday 10 September 2015 Theme: Dying to Talk? – Conversations about End of Life in Ireland. Booking is now open for Forum 2015 on 10th September 2015. Click HERE for more information.

Thinking ahead on the John Murray show

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015

Wendy Coughlan and her Daughter Helen

The John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1 today (April 23) interviewed Wendy Coughlan from Greystones (who has terminal cancer) and her daughter Helen.

Starting the conversation

Wendy has used Think Ahead and the Think Ahead form to plan for her end-of-life and discuss her wishes with her family. Both Wendy and Helen spoke openly and passionately about how Think Ahead has helped the entire family on this journey. You can listen back to Wendy and Helen HERE  

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Plans to form North Dublin network to support bereaved children

Posted on: April 17th, 2015
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Beaumont Hospital and St Francis’ Hospice, with The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN), are looking to form a regional network to support bereaved children in the North Dublin region.   The ICBN will host a meeting on the topic of ‘supporting children through grief’ on April 23rd in St Francis Hospice, Raheny between 9.30am and 1pm.   The event is open to all professionals in the North Dublin region who come in contact with bereaved children, including youth workers, teachers, nurses, social workers and counsellors.   The meeting is free to attend and will provide an opportunity for attendees to network with each other and discuss the challenges in addressing the needs of bereaved children and how a regional network could help serve bereaved children in the area.   At the meeting the Chair of the ICBN, Brid Carroll, will provide an insight into how children grieve and how best to support them through their loss.   Anne Marie Jones, Principal Medical Social Worker at Temple Street Children’s Hospital will introduce the Irish Childhood Bereavement Care Pyramid, a resource for those concerned with identifying and responding to the needs of a child who is bereaved.   The Pyramid was developed by the ICBN and it is the first time in Ireland that complex information regarding a grieving child has been brought together in a user friendly way. It was launched by Minister James Reilly in 2014.   The ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. It is funded by Tusla, the Child and family Centre and The Irish Hospice Foundation.   To attend you must RSVP to [email protected]. There is no charge for the event.   For more information on ICBN see www.childhoodbereavement.ie

Inspirational founder of Irish Hospice Foundation, Dr. Mary Redmond, dies.

Posted on: April 7th, 2015
Mary Redmond The CEO, the Board and the staff of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) have expressed their sadness at the death of its inspirational founder, Dr. Mary Redmond. Dr Redmond founded the IHF almost 30 years ago after being impressed by the quality of care that her father, Dr. John Redmond, received “in the expert and loving hands” of staff at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross in Dublin. The Irish Hospice CEO, Sharon Foley, paid tribute to Dr Redmond, whom she described as “an inspirational and visionary leader and one of the founders of the hospice movement in Ireland.” “We are deeply saddened to hear of the news of Dr Redmond’s passing. She had foresight, determination and generosity of spirit and we are very proud today to continue with her work.” “From small beginnings the Irish Hospice Foundation strives for best care at end of life for all in Ireland and works to facilitate the practice of hospice care in all its aspects, supporting and complimenting the activity of the many voluntary hospice groups which have developed around the country. “From the very start, the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation has been rooted in the experience of patients and their families, going back to the positive experience Dr. Redmond had with the death of her father.” Ms Foley extended her sympathy and that of all the IHF staff to Dr Redmond’s family and loved ones. “They can be proud of her legacy.” In an interview marking the 20th birthday of the IHF in 2006 Dr Redmond said she had no idea when she started the process of setting up the Irish Hospice Foundation that it was going to become so big, and that the work was going to be so challenging. “In less than a year after the IHF was set up hospice movements at different stages of development were set up in Galway, Sligo, Cavan, Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Donegal, West Wicklow and Kildare.” Dr Redmond was conferred with a Doctor in Laws (LL.D) from Trinity College in 2014. In 1999 she also established the Wheel, a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland which has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/academic-and-lawyer-dr-mary-redmond-dies-1.2166597

Irish Hospice Foundation to launch Irish edition of ehospice – a global online end-of-life news resource

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015
The Irish Hospice Foundation announced today (Thursday, April 2nd) it is to launch the Irish edition of the global online news and information resource ehospice. (www.ehospice.com)   ehospice publishes news, commentary and analysis from the hospice, palliative, and end of life care sector in editions around the world including the UK, South Africa, the USA, India, Australia and Canada.  It is aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in palliative care offering a single point of access to intelligence and good practice.   The launch editor of ehospice Ireland will be well known journalist and former editor of the Irish Independent, Claire Grady.   David Praill, Chair of ehospice and CEO of Hospice UK, said: "We are delighted that the Irish Hospice Foundation is launching an Ireland edition of ehospice. The vision of ehospice is to improve patient care by ensuring everyone working in palliative care is part of a networked world.   “ehospice will provide those working in the sector an opportunity to share their news and good practice with colleagues in Ireland and globally, leading to better care for more people and greater awareness of hospice and palliative care.”   ehospice launched in October 2012 and has had almost half a million users and over 2.5 million page views. It is available on mobile and desktop websites as well as an iPad and iPhone app. An Android app is currently in development.   Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said ehospice Ireland is an important development for the entire hospice movement here.   “It will provide a dedicated online platform - not in existence in Ireland at the moment - for health professionals, policy makers and service users to share news, views and analysis on hospice and palliative care, bereavement and end-of-life issues.   “ehospice Ireland will offer a single point of access to intelligence and good practice from around the world and will help professionals here keep up to date.  It will also give a voice to those receiving care and an opportunity to tell their individual stories and will help creative awareness of what palliative care is, and dispel some of the myths.   “I believe ehospice Ireland will increase the profile of the sector here, thereby helping raise awareness around the important issues.”   ehospice Ireland will go live in early May. As well as editor Claire Grady the editorial team will include Miriam Donohoe, Head of Communications with the Irish Hospice Foundation (and former senior editor with the Irish Times) and Mary Ellen Breen, IHF Communications Officer (and former editor with the Waterford News & Star).   ehospice Ireland can be contacted by emailing [email protected] or calling 01 6793188