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"There are a lot of people here that have been bereaved for a variety of reasons through different means of loss but we are all united in how that makes us feel. I think it’s a very worthwhile thing that we can come together here and think about the ways we can get through this positively. There is a lot of hope in it.I learned that feelings and not circumstances is what I want to share with other people in grief. It was actually quite comforting to learn that. That is the real motivation in me sharing my journey and my experiences with you this evening. I really do believe that, regardless of the circumstances of the bereavement, the feelings of loss are very much shared. It’s always worthwhile then to hear other people talk about how they dealt with loss and know there is actually was someone else, not in your shoes, but in shoes just like yours before.
You will realise that, as sure as night follows day, light will follow darkness and that hope isn’t just a virtue, it’s the very torch that glows along with us on our journey," concluded John.There was also an opportunity for people to chat with voluntary bereavement services who kindly attended the event. Thanks to everyone who partook and gave their time to talk and support those who are bereaved. The evening closed with attendees receiving a candle and a moment of short reflection. Thanks to Fanagans Funeral Directors & Undertakers who kindly sponsored the event.
The aim of the Irish Hospice Foundation is to make the experience of dying as positive as it can be for those dying and for those left behind.
We have partnered with the Health Service Executive (HSE) to work with hospital managers and staff on improving care for patients at the end of life. We are working to empower hospitals to apply the principles of hospice care for the dying, the deceased and the bereaved.
Our Design & Dignity Project aims to create spaces or privacy and calm for dying patients and their families
Coping with loss can be different for everyone. In this short video by the Irish Hospice Foundation four people share their personal experiences of loss.
You can view additional Irish Hospice Foundation videos HERE
Coping with Christmas when you are bereaved
A short video featuring Dr Susan Delaney, bereavement services manager with the Irish Hospice Foundation offering advice on getting through Christmas when you are bereaved.
Browse more Irish Hospice Foundation videos HERE