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We aim to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life in Ireland.


Striving for better end-of-life care

Our programmes aim to fulfill this ideal, we do this by addressing critical matters relating to dying, death and bereavement.

  • We seek to support the work of those directly providing end-of-life and bereavement care
  • We identify areas of need and pioneer new initiatives
  • We work to ensure all care at the end of life in Ireland is defined by the hospice approach
  • We work to make services are equally accessible to everyone

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Public Awareness

Public Awareness programmes We aim to raise public awareness about issues related to death, dying and bereavement. We do this through two key nationwide programmes. Think Ahead, which guides people to discuss and record their care preferences in the event of an accident, serious illness or death. Recording their wishes can help relatives or carers […] Read more >

Children’s Palliative Care

It is estimated 3,800 children In Ireland have life-limiting illness in Ireland. Some 350 of these children die each year, most of them in the first year of life. No definitive official figures for childhood bereavement exist, but it is estimated that between 36,000 and 60,000 children in Ireland may have experienced a significant bereavement.   […] Read more >

Advocacy & Communications

RAISING AWARENESS A key role of the Irish Hospice Foundation is to inform people about hospice care and the value it offers to patients and their families. Hospice care is about supporting people to live a quality life until the end.  It also offers support to a patient’s family and loved ones. It is a […] Read more >

Advance Care Directives & Assisted Decision-Making

What is an advance healthcare directive? An advance healthcare directive informs family, friends and doctors of your wishes for your treatment in the event you can no longer communicate them yourself. It’s a legally binding document where you write down what healthcare treatments you wouldn’t like in the future. You can write what treatments you […] Read more >

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