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Death and Dying are everyone’s business

Death and dying affects each and every one of us. Every year, 29,000 people die in Ireland and up to 290,000 are newly bereaved. The Irish Hospice Foundation strives for the best care at end of life for  these people and practical support for their loved ones.

We have five core strategic objectives. For full details, see our Strategic Plan 2016-2019



  1. Innovating excellence in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care
  2. Enhancing end-of-life care and bereavement through education and training
  3. Driving debate and policy change on key issues related to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland
  4. Enhancing our credibility and sustainability


  • Nurses for Night Care: We fund this free national service for people who are dying from illnesses other than cancer, enabling more people fulfill their wish to die at home.
  • Hospice Home Care for Children: In 2011, through seed funding and in partnership with the HSE, we pioneered Ireland’s first-ever national paediatric palliative care service (including a medical consultant and a team of out outreach nurses).
  • Hospice Friendly Hospitals: This ambitious programme aims to improve the end-of-life care in hospitals countrywide. We now work with 42 acute hospitals across Ireland.
  • Primary care and care in people’s homes: We support initiatives in primary care, along with our partners in the Healthcare Service Executive (HSE) and Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), so that better end-of-life care can be delivered in the community, for everyone.
  • Bereavement: We host the Complicated Grief Programme, the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network and a bereavement support group development programme. We incorporate the most up to date evidence in delivering improved models of bereavement support. We provide information and support for the bereaved and those working with them.
  • Palliative Care for All: Since 2008 we have campaigned and supported initiatives to ensure people with life limiting diseases such as heart failure, dementia, respiratory disease and advancing neurological disease receive a palliative approach to care and have full access to specialists palliative care services.
  • Innovation and development: We are committed to nurturing new areas of service. In 2013 we succeeded in attracting philanthropic funding for an ambitious national programme, Changing Minds, which promotes excellence in end-of-life care for people living with dementia in all care settings, particularly in residential.


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