About Hospice Friendly Hospitals

Hospice Friendly Hospitals

Almost 30,000 people die in Ireland each year. At least half of all deaths (43%) occur in hospitals.

Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation, in partnership with the Health Service Executive.

It was established in 2007 and seeks to ensure that end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals.

Programme work

The work of the programme involves:

  • Coordinating three networks for hospital staff to promote improvements in end-of-life care that are free of charge for attendees. These networks are:
  • Advocating for investment in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care services at the hospital, hospital group and national levels.
  • Developing and promoting the use of ceremonial resources, such as the end of life symbol, family handover bags, drapes and ward altars
  • Developing and promoting educational supports for all hospital staff
  • Coordinating the Design & Dignity Project which aims to transform the way hospital spaces are designed for people at end of life
  • Providing expert advice and guidance directly to hospital staff to support the implementation of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in their hospitals.


For more information, download the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme leaflet here

To join our mailing list contact us: hfh@hospicefoundation.ie


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