The Forum is guided by the National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, chaired by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, and is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation
The Forum held a year-long public consultation which identified a wide range of issues of concern to the public. Central to this response is the development of initiatives to help the public engage with end of life issues and plan their own responses.
The Think Ahead project encourages and provides a way for people to think about and pre-record their wishes in the event of serious illness or death.
Together, members of the public, emergency services, medical, legal and financial professionals recognised the importance of planning ahead to make sure that an individual’s right to make decisions for themselves and to be heard are honoured.
The idea developed over a series of public meetings held throughout Ireland between 2009 and 2010.
At Forum 2011 the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny launched Think Ahead