Talking about death & dying
Sooner or later, almost everyone's life is touched by encounters with serious illness, dying and death, either directly or through a family member or friend. Yet despite the pervasiveness of these experiences, people are still often nervous, uncomfortable or afraid to talk about them and are not greatly encouraged by society to do so.
While appreciating their sensitivity, the Irish Hospice Foundation looks to inform, educate and encourage more open dialogue about these matters. We want to support people to be able to think and talk about serious illness, death and dying, and to share their concerns.
One of the ways in which we do this is through the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, an initiative launched in 2009 which has since given rise to the Think Ahead project. We also work with the media to ensure that end-of-life issues are kept in the public consciousness and to develop public awareness of the needs of those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement and of how to support them.
Share your story
Over the years, we have been privileged to hear personal stories from people who are themselves nearing the end of life, as well as from their families and friends; from the bereaved; from those who have found comfort in commemorating a loved one in some way; and from those who work with the dying and bereaved in either a professional or voluntary capacity.
We want to deepen our understanding of the public’s needs.
If you have a story to tell, please feel free to contact us in person, by phone or email, or by completing the form below. It will be treated with complete confidentiality unless/until you have indicated your willingness for it to be shared. Sharing personal experiences can be a source of comfort to those who do so; it can also be a huge source of inspiration and reassurance to others who are on their own journey, as well as helping them to talk more openly themselves.
Tell us your story