RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan is urging people to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting The Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.
Every year 29,000 people in Ireland die and on average ten people are directly affected by a death. That equates to 290,000 people who will be experiencing the pain of loss this festive season.
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 posted online and handwritten into a special Book of Remembrance which will then be on display in the IHF library throughout 2016.
This year Miriam O’ Callaghan will be leaving a special tribute to her sister Ann and father Jerry in the 2016 Book of Remembrance. Launching the appeal today (November 9th) in Buswells Hotel Miriam said, “There are very few of us untouched by loss or tragedy. I and my family had the heartache of losing my precious sister Anne, who left behind her husband and two young children, and of course I think of her and my late father Jerry as the family gathers together for Christmas. It can be hard to enjoy the festivities when someone important is missing, but by remembering them we ensure they are still at the heart of our Christmas celebrations each year.
“I am urging you to remember someone you love this Christmas and by doing so support the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation as they help those nearing death or those suffering from bereavement.”
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 costs of the set-up of the country’s Children’s Palliative Care programme, including funding Ireland’s only Paediatric Consultant with a special interest in Paediatric Palliative Care.
- Funding over 1,500 nights of nursing care annually through the Nurses for Night Care service which supports very ill patients to die at home.
- Training 3,000 people every year in providing sensitive end of life and bereavement support.
- Working to improve the environment in hospitals in which people die through our Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme.
IHF CEO, Sharon Foley, said at the launch of today’s appeal: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. Let’s cherish the memories of our loved ones who are deceased by making this a Christmas to remember. Reminisce and ensure that the person you hold so dear lives on in your heart and mind for years to come.
“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way in which you can honour a loved one who has passed away. Last year we received many touching messages – all of which were handwritten into our 2015 Book of Remembrance which is currently on display in our beautiful Therese Brady library. I was proud to share my own personal message last year and will be supporting the campaign again this year. I am inviting you to remember your loved ones and by doing so you can make a real difference to others at end of life or those left bereaved. For each of us there is only one chance in life for a good death. We are striving for the best care at end of life but we can’t do it without your support.”
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