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New Family Room for Mercy University Hospital Cork

Posted on: December 6th, 2017

Mercy University Hospital Cork has been granted funding for a new family room under the Design & Dignity Grants Scheme which is operated and co-funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the Health Service Executive (HSE). This scheme transforms hospital spaces to make the experience of dying as positive as it can be for patients and loved ones left behind.

The existing Pastoral Care Room will be refurbished into a Family Room. The room is part of the Georgian Mansion House and will be tastefully transformed by upgrading furnishings, installing refreshment facilities, new lighting and artwork. It will also enhance views of the River Lee from the room which will be a private space to talk and reflect.

Approximately €46,300 in total has been provided – €32,416 of which is a Design & Dignity grant with the remaining amount of €13,892 coming from the hospital. Margaret McKiernan, Director of Nursing at Mercy University Hospital said: “As a previous recipient of a Design and Dignity grant, I know first-hand the positive impact on families when spaces are created which are welcoming and homely. We want to create a dignified comfortable space away from the clinical environment that families and friends of patients at end of life can use. It is also an appropriate place for staff to have conversations with and provide support to families. This is aligned to our core hospital values of compassion, excellence and respect firstly for the patients and families we serve but also for our staff who provide the care.”

Mercy University Hospital also refurbished their mortuary through a Design & Dignity grant in previous years. The hospital is one of over 48 hospitals in Ireland linked to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme. The HFH Programme is an initiative of the IHF and seeks to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals.

Mary Lovegrove, Design & Dignity Project Manager with the IHF said, “We hope this new welcoming space will be a sanctuary for families of patients nearing the end of their lives and those caring for them in the hospital.“Our vision for Design & Dignity is for all hospitals to have beautifully designed family rooms and mortuaries - it’s wonderful to see Mercy University Hospital leading the way with these two projects,” concluded Ms Lovegrove.

To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms, inpatient suites and maternity bereavement suites and upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments.

For more information contact Jane Flynn [email protected] 01 6730041

Notes:The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our vision is that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. Our mission is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life. The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our vision is that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. Our mission is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life. The IHF receives core funding from Pobal from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019. Further information is at hospicefoundation.ie/design-dignity.

Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese Officially Opens new Family Room and Refurbished Mortuary Viewing Room

Posted on: November 27th, 2017

Roscommon University Hospital

Former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese has visited Roscommon University Hospital to officially open the Design and Dignity Family Room and Refurbished Mortuary Viewing Room.

 

The refurbishment of the family room and mortuary viewing room were funded under the Design and Dignity Grant Fund which is operated and co- funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the Health Service Executive (HSE).  To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms and upgraded mortuaries and ensure these facilities are welcoming, respectful environments.

Hospice Friendly Hospitals

Roscommon University Hospital is one of over 48 hospitals in Ireland linked to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme.  The HFH Programme is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation. It seeks to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals.

 

Geraldine Keane, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care, Roscommon University Hospital explains, “The family room was initially part of a palliative care room funded by the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation. The Design and Dignity Grant Funding has now enabled us to develop a purpose-designed family room, which provides family members with a peaceful and restful space. The room can accommodate up to eight people comfortably and can facilitate overnight stays. It has a recessed kitchenette, private shower and bathroom facilities.

 

“The refurbishment of the mortuary has created a much more inviting space for families to congregate following the death of their loved one. The availability of this improved facility ensures that relatives have space and dignity during a very difficult time in their lives. The refurbished area creates a respectful, non-clinical environment, with a calm and soothing atmosphere. It has bespoke furniture, complete with soft lighting and comfortable seating. The stained glass sliding panels provide privacy, along with subdued natural light and a calm aesthetic.”

 

Roscommon University Hospital

Mary Garvey, General Manager, Roscommon University Hospital said, “Families need a private dignified space during this most critical time. Today we are pleased to open two new facilities that will offer some comfort to families when they need it most. The completion of both projects, along with ongoing support from Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and the Irish Hospice Foundation, ensure that a culture of care and respect for the dying and their families is embedded in Roscommon University Hospital.”

Sanctuary

Sharon Foley CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation said: “We hope that this new beautiful family room and mortuary will be sanctuaries for families to be together in private at extremely difficult times in their lives and that these Design and Dignity projects will convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.

 

“Our vision for Design and Dignity is for all hospitals to have beautifully designed family rooms and mortuaries - it’s wonderful to see Roscommon University Hospital leading the way with these two projects.”

 

Former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese in her speech stated, “It’s a wonderful thing to be in a place where people have looked beyond the person into the interior, looked beyond the patient, looked beyond the immediate medical need, and ask what can we do? what is missing here? and you have done that here with such care and dignity.”

CEOL Compassionate End of Life in Residential Care Centres – A Quality Improvement Approach

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017
Photographer - Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie 087 230 9096

Irish Hospice Foundation CEOL ‘Compassionate End of Life’ programme launch

CEOL which stands for ‘Compassionate End of Life’ empowers all staff to provide the best possible end-of-life care for people living in residential care centres (RCC) in Ireland.

 

“All of us want assurance that the care our loved ones receive at end of life in residential care should be the best. The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) developed the Journey of Change programme to enable RCC (where 25% of people die each year) continually review and reflect the care they provide at end of life and introduce changes so that residents needs and their families are met in a truly holistic manner. We are very proud and grateful to the 100 RCC sites that participated in the first phase of the p rogram, and particularly those who engaged in the evaluation, which has informed the next phase CEOL” according to Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation.

 

This launch is the next step to introduce a national framework that will enable residential care centres keep a constant focused on providing compassion at end of life for residents, families and staff.

Partnership

The Irish Hospice Foundation is pleased to announce our partnership with Beechfield Care Group, and we are delighted that Sarah McMickan CEO of Beechfield Care Group will formally launch the CEOL programme.  We have agreed to work together to achieve the recognition amongst providers and policy makers that end-of-life care is a key component of quality care in nursing homes, and will be advocating for required investment to ensure this takes place.

 

“As CEO of Beechfield Care Group, I am very aware of how important it is for the residential care sector to continually seek improvements from the broadest perspective in the delivery of person centred care as residents approach the end of their life.  For this reason I am delighted to launch the Irish Hospice Foundation CEOL programme; it will be very helpful to the sector to have a formal framework to support the delivery of compassionate care at end of life. This will become increasingly important with the change in Ireland’s demographics, and more people dying in residential care settings,” said Ms Mickan.

 

In Ireland there are currently over 28,000 people living in residential care, with approximately 7,000 people dying each year in these settings. As highlighted by the latest ERSI report (Projections of demand for healthcare in Ireland, 2015-2030) the number of people living in nursing homes is projected to increase by between 40 to 54 per cent by 2030.

 

Providing compassionate care for residents approaching the end of their life is a fundamental component of person-centred care.  The CEOL Programme enables staff to continuously review, reflect and improve the end-of-life care they provide for residents, their families and the staff themselves. The programme embeds a continuous quality improvement approach and is built around the needs of the individual, with the resident always at the heart of every decision.  Good end-of-life care is about being supported to live well until you die.

Pilot

The pilot phase of the programme called ‘A Journey of Change’ ran from 2015 to 2016 in which over 100 RCC’s participated in. Dr Kathy Walsh (KW Research and Associates Ltd) conducted an independent evaluation of the Journey of Change programme and found that that it has the capacity to improve end-of-life care in participating residential care centres.  “Where all elements of the Programme have been implemented, there have been significant changes in practice in relation to End-of-Life Care (EOLC) planning, at time of death and after death, with staff less likely to want to transfer patients to hospital toward end of life.” (Dr Kathy Walsh, 2017).

 

The feedback from staff has been extremely positive, with staff reporting that their confidence and communication skills in relation to end-of-life care had improved as a result of their participation in the Programme. The Journey of Change Evaluation report also identified staff development in term of recognising and providing caring to a dying person, accessing specialist palliative care earlier, accessing GP services earlier, pain management and supporting the person to die in the care centre as per the wishes of the resident.

 

Staff from St Oliver Plunkett Community Hospital who have participated in the programme have reported ‘because we are more confident talking to our residents about death and end of life, we have a lot more conversations with them about what they want, like and dislike.  As a result, we know a lot more about what our residents want at end of life and we do our very best to give them what they want’.

The Irish Hospice Foundation & Lloyds Pharmacy have Christmas all wrapped up

Posted on: November 20th, 2017
   
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, Ireland’s largest pharmacy group, announces charity drive and Christmas gift-wrapping service to raise funds for its charity partner, The Irish Hospice Foundation.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy and Irish Hospice Foundation partnership is now in its fourth year.
  • To date, the partnership has raised over €95,000.00
  • Lloyds Pharmacy makes Christmas shopping easier with their hampers made to order service and an extensive range of Christmas gifts for the whole family.
 

Lloyds Pharmacy, Ireland’s largest pharmacy group, today launched an in-store charity drive and Christmas gift-wrapping service to raise much needed funds for The Irish Hospice Foundation.

The initiative will see LloydsPharmacy colleagues offering a gift-wrapping and hamper creation service to customers across all 94 stores, with collection buckets for The Irish Hospice Foundation also on site. The Christmas gift wrapping service will run from week commencing 20th November, throughout the Christmas period. Lloyds Pharmacy offers an extensive range of Christmas gifts and bespoke hampers made to order for him, for her, and the whole family.

Now in its fourth year, the Lloyds Pharmacy partnership with The Irish Hospice Foundation has raised a total of €95,000.00.

Dervila McGarry, Head of Marketing at Lloyds Pharmacy, said: “We are delighted to be raising funds and awareness for The Irish Hospice Foundation. It’s a very worthy cause, particularly at this time of year. The work of the Foundation helps families on a national and local scale through difficult times, and we’re proud to be supporting them.

“The funds raised to date by the commitment and support of our colleagues in the local communities of our 94 stores has made a real difference to lives around Ireland.”

Helen McVeigh, Director of Fundraising at The Irish Hospice Foundation said: “We are delighted with our partnership with Lloyds Pharmacy and the opportunity to share our vision which is for no one to face death or bereavement without the care and support they need,” concluded Ms McVeigh.  

Cherish your loved one’s memory and support our Never Forgotten Appeal

Posted on: November 20th, 2017

Let’s make this a Christmas to Remember

Christmas is a special time in Ireland. One where families make a special effort to come together and enjoy each other’s company. But for those who are feeling the loss of a loved one, it can also be a sad and lonely time. When a loved one dies, the times you shared come flooding back.

We invite you to share your precious memories in our beautiful Book of Remembrance and support a worthy cause this Christmas.

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  • Leave a message for your loved one.
 
  • Know that you have helped someone in their most crucial time of need.
   

This year Lynda and Pat Foley are remembering their darling son Liam in this special way.

 

 
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LYNDA AND PAT LOST THEIR SON LIAM AT SIX YEARS OLD. LIAM WAS A CHEERY RED-HEAD, THE YOUNGEST IN FAMILY WITH TWO ADORING SIBLINGS DAVID AND SADHBH. HIS PARENTS KINDLY SHARE WITH YOU PRECIOUS MEMORIES OF LIAM AND THEIR LAST CHRISTMAS TOGETHER.

“Liam had been ill in the womb. We had been advised that all may not be well after birth, but to everyone’s amazement, he was absolutely perfect. Looking back now, this was our miracle. But sadly it was to be the only one. Liam couldn't speak or hear, he couldn't walk and he was fed with the use of a pump. But to us, he was perfect. He had a real smile and a most beautiful laugh. He was great company. It is what we all miss most about him.
We had two and a half good years with Liam but unfortunately everything changed for the worse towards the end of 2012. Liam’s body was beginning to fail him. We got home and set about celebrating Christmas. Sadly it was to be our last one together. In early December that year we travelled to Moyasta in County Clare. We had heard during the week that Santa was going to pay a visit to the train station in this beautiful village. As Liam had a real love of trains, we felt what better way to spend what many of Liam’s doctors felt would be his last Christmas with us.
The five of us made the one-hour journey to the west Clare village. Each one of us was as excited as the next. When we arrived we were greeted by the Whelan family. To them we were just an ordinary family who came to meet their very special visitor. We didn’t want it any other way. Liam always brought the best out in everybody…that day was no different. He just seemed to draw everybody around him. We stepped back and watched as David, Sadhbh and Liam lead us around this magical corner of County Clare.
We all met Santa and enjoyed our time with him. But what was to follow surpassed even that excitement. We opened a door at the end of the room leading us into an open yard. There to greet us was a wonderful old steam train. It was waiting to take us on a beautiful journey of the countryside. It really was a magical day. Liam was the boss. Liam would boss you without you ever feeling you were being bossed. He had that way about him. He fed off the excitement surrounding him.That day it felt like everyone knew our story but deep down we knew nobody did. It was to be our last Christmas together, the five of us.
Liam always had the job of turning on the Christmas lights. He enjoyed watching the tree being decorated and couldn’t wait to be wheeled in and out with his decorations. He even liked to be decorated himself! But the lights were always his favourite.
Sadly, our journey with our truly amazing and beautiful son came to an end one year later on 3rd December 2013. Liam’s final weeks were spent at home in his own room, surrounded by us and his many friends. We could care for Liam in a way that we never thought possible with the help of our outreach nurse, Hilary. Hilary shared Liam’s final hours. Liam had a beautiful death and we owe that to her and The Irish Hospice Foundation. They help both adults and children like Liam die at home in peace and comfort and support their families at a most difficult time."
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Make this a Christmas to remember with a tribute to your loved one and your support will help people live well until the end.

Welcoming new Palliative Care Framework

Posted on: November 17th, 2017
The Irish Hospice Foundation has warmly welcomed a new framework which informs the development of Irish adult palliative care services for the next 3 years.

Seamless Care Pathway

The aim is to ensure a seamless care pathway across inpatient, homecare, nursing home, acute hospital and day care services. It recommends that specialist palliative care services should be available to all patients in need, wherever they are, and whatever their disease. Proposes targeted investment to develop service provision over 3 year timeframe and align service levels as recommended in the ‘Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care’ (2001).
Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley welcomed the new framework and is looking forward to working in unison with all bodies to ensure specialist palliative care services is available to all patients in need, wherever they are, and whatever their disease.

Palliative Care Services Development Framework Launch 730/3

In the picture: John Hennessy, HSE National Director for Primary Care, Minister for Health Simon Harris, Sheilagh Reaper-Reynolds, HSE National Lead for Palliative Care

The HSE has launched ‘Palliative Care Services Three Year Development Framework - 2017 to 2019’. The Framework informs the development of adult palliative care services, both generalist and specialist, in Ireland for the three-year period from 2017 - 2019. Its aim is to ensure a seamless care pathway across inpatient, homecare, nursing home, acute hospital and day care services.

Palliative care is an active and total approach to care from the point of diagnosis through to death and beyond. It embraces the physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements of care and engages with patients and families as equal decision makers in that care. The Framework being launched today aims to enhance palliative care service delivery in both community and acute hospital services, with a major focus being placed at all times on the delivery of quality person-centred, safe care for patients and their families.

Speaking at the launch Minister for Health Simon Harris said, "Palliative care is a key part of our health service and it is essential that when it comes to end of life people are treated with dignity and respect. These values must be enshrined in the quality of care which is provided to patients and their families. We must also work to ensure that palliative care services are accessible across the country and that there is an integrated pathway across in-patient, homecare, nursing home, acute hospital and day care services. As Minister for Health I welcome the publication of this important three year Framework and I am assured that my Department will continue to work closely with the HSE on the implementation of its recommendations and actions."

Welcoming the publication, John Hennessy, HSE National Director for Primary Care said, “The focus of the Framework was to identify the gaps that exist in the current level of service provision and to present a set of recommendations and actions which over the duration of the Framework (and at times beyond) would seek to address these service issues / deficits, subject to available resources. The Framework looks at palliative care service delivery in both community and acute hospital services, with a major focus being placed at all times on the delivery of quality person-centred, safe care for patients and their families.

“A key objective for the Steering Group was to seek to improve access to palliative care services across the country, particularly in those areas which for the last number of years have been identified as inpatient service ’blackspots’.  There are clear recommendations contained in the Framework which, on implementation, will achieve this objective.”

Sheilagh Reaper-Reynolds, HSE National Lead for Palliative Care said, “This framework captures the core issues that face us in improving palliative care services for people living with life limiting illnesses and their families. Focused consultation took place with many key stakeholders, including service user representative bodies and organisations, healthcare staff and management. This feedback enables us to plan together the development of palliative care services in a much more effective way that is going to meet the needs of our changing population”.

The Framework recommends that specialist palliative care services should be available to all patients in need, wherever they are and whatever their disease. It highlights that there are still areas of the country without an inpatient unit, most notably in the Midlands, the South East, and the North East. Other areas do not have the recommended bed complement and/or the recommended staffing levels. In addressing these shortcomings, the Framework sets out recommendations to ensure that by 2021, there will be equitable access to specialist inpatient palliative care services throughout the country.

It notes that full access to palliative care services for patients with non-malignant disease is now the norm in the sector, with service providers accepting referrals based on need rather than condition. While the work of making palliative care available to patients with non-cancer conditions must continue, attention should now also extend to the needs of vulnerable populations such as people with disabilities, migrants, and prisoners.

The Framework states that by investing in properly resourced community services to care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant diseases, particularly in the last three months of life, this leads to reduced inappropriate hospital admissions, more appropriate care pathways and improved experience for patients and their families.

The Framework complements and builds on the government’s palliative care services policy document ‘Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care’, published in 2001. It proposes targeted investment to develop palliative care service provision over its timeframe and align service levels with those recommended in the 2001 Report.

Download the report.

Children – The Forgotten Mourner – Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week Starts Today

Posted on: November 13th, 2017
Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week (BCAW) commences today Monday to highlight the needs of bereaved children and how to support them through difficult periods of loss. Organised by The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN), the week coincides with Universal Children’s Day and helps those supporting bereaved children including parents, carers, teachers, sports groups, faith communities or friends in their local communities.

'Children Grieve Too' is Key Theme

“‘Children Grieve Too’ is the key message for next week. We’re highlighting that we all have a part to play in supporting children through the journey of grief,” said Brid Carroll, Chair, ICBN.
“Unlike adults, children dip in and out of grief which is often termed ‘puddle grief’. It can be intermittent and intense but also can pass quickly, distracted by friends and activities. Children also tend to protect parents from their pain and upset. This often leaves their grief unrecognised.
Grief in childhood and teens makes the young person feel different from their peers. Children try to control their grief holding it in and pretending nothing has happened. This can be isolating. Each child in a family grieves differently due to their personality, gender and the relationship they had with the person who has died,” said Ms Carroll. In Ireland 80 people die daily. These are the parents, grandparents, cousins and siblings of our 1.2million children. Children grieve too with 2.2% of nine year olds having lost a parent, 6% a close friend and 28% a grandparent.

For 40 years I had pent-up anger about not being allowed to say goodbye to my father

Britain’s first Children’s Commissioner Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green is speaking in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin on Tuesday as part of BCAW about meeting the needs of children where someone close to them dies in an adult acute hospital.
Sir Al commented: “For 40 years I had pent-up anger about not being allowed to say goodbye to my father before he died when I was 10 years old; nor see his body before the funeral. We know there is a huge toll of unresolved grief in adults bereaved as a child of someone they love.
There needs to be more focus on how death is handled across society especially in supporting grieving children and we need to ‘Think Adult, Think Child’. In other words, making sure those caring for a dying adult ask what does the death mean for the children in the family. There is hard evidence of what’s most important for bereaved children; death needs to be seen as part of life, children’s fears and anxieties need to be addressed and children need to be listened to carefully to encourage them to talk about what they feel.

'Think Adult, Think Child'

“I will be speaking in Beaumont Hospital on Tuesday about ‘Think Adult, Think Child’ for health care professionals and meeting the needs of children where someone close to them dies in an adult acute hospital.” Events are taking place nationwide throughout the week. The ICBN is hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded together with Tusla. See www.childhoodbereavement.ie for more info.  

Ireland’s First Standards for Childhood Bereavement Care Launched

Posted on: November 12th, 2017
6 November, Dublin – Ireland’s first ever standards for childhood bereavement care were launched by Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children in The Irish Hospice Foundation office on Nassau Street, Dublin.

A Vision for Bereavement Support for Children

‘Standards for Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People - A Framework for Development’ was developed by the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) following public and professional consultation. The standards illustrate a multi-layered vision for bereavement support to emphasise the highest level of care that our bereaved children and young people deserve.
'This support is key to helping children suffering from bereavement early and effectively'
Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children said: "I am delighted to launch Ireland’s first ever standards for childhood bereavement care. I very much support the development of these standards which will help support our children and young people as they try to deal with the trauma that is bereavement. I am very pleased to see that counselling services in the community have been highlighted as essential in the standards. This support is key to helping children suffering from bereavement early and effectively. I look forward to the implementation of these standards in the best interest of children and young people all over Ireland."

Helping a Child in your Family, Classroom or Community

The ICBN say the standards will be used as a benchmark for planning, provision and quality review. Speaking today, Anne Marie Jones, Chair of the ICBN Standards Group said: “This resource will be helpful to adults who wonder what they can do for a child in their family, a child in their classroom, a child in their GAA club or the bereaved children in their political constituency. It is a vision for how we as a society can recognise and support bereavement children.
'To ensure that our bereaved children grow into strong and mentally healthy young people'
We invite a strong national recognition of the critical importance of this vision, to ensure that our bereaved children grow into strong and mentally healthy young people who have learned the skills that they need and been provided the timely support that they may need, to journey through their bereavement.”   This framework is directed at all adults, professionals, volunteer organisations and policy makers who are concerned about bereaved children and young people. ICBN will review these standards and associated criteria every three years in the expectation that additional emphases, criteria and examples of achievement can be added.

Bereaved Children's Awareness Week, 13th - 18th November

Today’s launch also kick-starts Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week (13-18th November) which promotes greater awareness and understanding of children’s grief. Early and consistent healthy support within families and communities can lead to better outcomes for a bereaved child. Download the Standards for Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People - A Framework for Development here    

Annual November Public Information Evening on Bereavement 2017

Posted on: November 9th, 2017
Our annual November public information evening on bereavement was held on 2nd November.  This annual event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.  The evening opened with an introduction followed by a number of talks and video presentations.  Guest speaker Laura Kennedy (Columnist with The Irish Times, author of the personal reflection column ‘Leavetaking’) spoke on the theme ‘Living with Loss’.  At the event a number of voluntary bereavement support services and professional therapeutic services were represented (listed below).  The audience had an opportunity to visit these stands and be informed of what services they provide.  Admission is free to this annual November event which is open to all members of the public, in particular to those that have been bereaved.
  If you would like to be notified of this event in the future please contact Iris Murray Tel 01 679 3188 email [email protected]
A Little Lifetime Foundation, Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support, Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service, Beginning Experience, Bethany Bereavement Support Group, Citizens Information Service, Féileacáin (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Association of Ireland), FirstLight, Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, Irish Hospice Foundation, Living Links, Miscarriage Association of Ireland, PCI Counselling Service, Pieta House Bereavement Services, Purple House Cancer Support, Rainbows Ireland, SAH (Support After Homicide), Turas Le Cheile Bereavement Support Service, Turning Point, Village Counselling Service

RIP Wendy Coughlan, a wonderful and inspiring ambassador for our Think Ahead Programme

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017
We were deeply saddened to learn today of the death of the wonderful Wendy Coughlan. Wendy and her daughter Helen have been enthusiastic, generous and tireless ambassadors for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Think Ahead programme since we first met them in February 2015. Wendy’s face and voice will be familiar to many audiences around the country who have been at a Think Ahead presentation.

To her husband Pat and her family – particularly our friend Helen – we send our love and deepest sympathy and our thanks for sharing Wendy with us. We are privileged to have known her. She will continue to inspire us and others. May she rest in peace.