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Christmas 2013 at the Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: October 29th, 2013

Living with Loss – Free Information Evening on Bereavement – 1st November

Posted on: October 28th, 2013

Former Governor of Mountjoy prison John Lonergan will speak on the topic of “Living with Loss” while former TD Mary O’Rourke will give a personal reflection at “an information evening for the public on  bereavement being organised by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) at the Alexander Hotel in Dublin on 1st November.   

The “drop-in” event will start at 5:30pm and will run until 8:30pm.  Mary O’Rourke will speak at 6:30pm while Mr Lonergan will address the gathering at 7:30pm.

The public event is being organised as part of the IHF’s bereavement support function and aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people. 

Members of the public will be able to talk to voluntary bereavement support services about the supports they provide.  Video presentations are also being organised.

Click here to read the full press release.

FINAL 15.10.13 1st Nov Living with Loss FULL leaflet amended pdf v2-page-001


Petermarkathon in aid of Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: October 25th, 2013

Good luck to everyone involved in the Petermarkathon this bank holiday weekend. Salons across the country have been busy organising their fundraising activities, which will roll out 25-28 October.

Peter Mark’s hair stylists around the country are grabbing their ghds, plugging in their hairdryers and manning their styling stations in a bid to raise much needed funds to help the Irish Hospice Foundation! The Petermarkathon fundraiser takes place this October bank holiday weekend (October 25th-28th). For list of events taking place in the salons please click HERE

Thanks so much to all Peter Mark staff for getting behind the appeal which will raise funds for The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Nurses for Night Care Service.  

Irish Hospice Foundation calls for national end-of-life and bereavement strategy

Posted on: October 24th, 2013

Hundreds attend Forum on End of Life in Ireland conference

The National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland has today (24th October) called on the Government to prepare a national end of life strategy for Ireland and to fulfill its pledge to bring in legislation to strengthen the patient’s voice in healthcare decisions.

 A commitment to lobby for an end of life strategy is contained in the Forum’s Action Plan for 2013-2015 and was launched at Forum 2013, a biennial national conference organised by the National  Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland.  The Forum is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and its National Council is chaired by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness.    

 Forum 2013 took place in Dublin Castle and was attended by 300 members of the public and healthcare professionals.  A series of speakers and workshops explored the theme of “Length of Days – Quality of Life.”

 Medical ethicist Professor Göran Hermerén from Sweden was a guest speaker.  Prof Hermerén is Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine in Lund University.  The Mary Holland commemorative lecture, organised by the IHF in association with the Irish Times, was delivered by award winning journalist and writer Fergal Keane. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE>>>


Best Will in the World Week 21st – 25th October 2013

Posted on: October 21st, 2013

Best Will in the World Week commences on Monday,21 October 2013.

During Best will in The World Week, members of the public can avail of a will consultation to discuss a new or existing will with their local solicitor for a flat fee of €50. Participating solicitors can be viewed on www.bestwill.ie

Often, people use the opportunity of making their Will to leave a gift to their favourite charities, and Best Will in the World Week is a time to increase awareness of this type of charitable donation - known as a legacy gift.

If you would like to find out about leaving a gift in your Will to the Irish Hospice Foundation, more information is available here


Posted on: October 16th, 2013

Peace of mind of older people affected 

Additional stress, such as financial worry, at a vulnerable time may well impede or interfere with how people cope with bereavement over time and certainly such stress can impact on decision-making.   We are concerned that people may be compromised or constrained in the choices they make over a very short period around a death of a loved one.”   Orla Keegan, Head of Education, Research and Bereavement  

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has today (16th October) called on the government to reverse its decision to scrap the bereavement grant.

Over 80% of the 29,000 deaths in 2012 were of people over the age of 65. This cut to the bereavement grant represents a burden on older people's pockets and on their psychological security concerning funeral arrangements and peace of mind.

 It is estimated that up to 10 people are affected by each death.  Therefore, about 290,000 people were newly bereaved in Ireland in 2012.  

Orla Keegan, Head of Education, Research and Bereavement, stated “ The death of a loved one, whether a partner, child or parent,  is one of the most challenging life events that a citizen has to deal with.  It is also a particularly vulnerable time for the people and families affected.  The benchmark of any society is the way in which it takes care of its most vulnerable citizens.  Therefore the decision by the Government to universally cut the bereavement grant in the budget raises serious ethical questions about the type of society it is creating and specifically how it treats its citizens at one of the most vulnerable period of their lives.”

Bereavement support begins with practical help and sound information in the aftermath of a death and at the time of the funeral.  Any systematic societal approach to bereavement care must begin with such support, including financial aid.  READ FULL PRESS RELEASE > >> 

Former US President Bill Clinton presented with copy of Irish Hospice Foundation’s book

Posted on: October 11th, 2013

The Irish Hospice Foundation are absolutely thrilled that during his recent visit to Ireland, former US President Bill Clinton was presented with a copy of its new book The Gathering - Reflections on Ireland. 

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny presented a copy of the book to Mr Clinton  at An Taoiseach’s office on Wednesday October 9th 2013. 

To order the book click here 

Former US President Bill Clinton and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny presenting a copy of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s book, The Gathering-Reflections on Ireland, to former US President Bill Clinton at An Taoiseach’s office on Wednesday October 9th 2013


Posted on: October 2nd, 2013


Charity hopes it will become a bestseller for Christmas 2013

 An Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday (October 1st)  launched  a  new book from  The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF)  The Gathering – Reflections on  Ireland   featuring  stories from Gathering events and an inspiring collection of  reflections on  Ireland from influential individuals such as the late Seamus Heaney, Colum McCann, Bono, Moya Doherty, Brian O’Driscoll, Marian Finucane and Niall O Dowd.  

Edited by journalist Miriam Donohoe, the 256 page full colour, hardback book celebrates a year in the life of a nation and her people – at home and abroad.  It also examines what it means to be Irish through a series of thoughtful and thought provoking reflections.

Beautifully designed by Steve Averill of AMP Visual, internationally acclaimed for his award winning work with U2 , The Gathering – Reflections on  Ireland contains 31 reflections and 76 Gathering events captured through narrative or photographs.

Other contributors include Tom Arnold, Pauline Bewick, Dr Paddy Boland,  John Geoghegan, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Fergal Keane, Dr Declan Kiberd, Pearse and Deirdre Lyons, Bridget Megarry, Tim O’Connor, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Simone Rocha, Pat Shortt, Katie Taylor, Orla Tinsley and Dr Pat Wallace. 

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