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COVID-19 Care and Inform

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the traditional ways we mark our grief. For the moment, it is not possible to come together and to gather in one location. It is not possible to have a large funeral. It may not be possible to receive the company of those who wish to offer condolences. However, we can support ourselves and each other in different ways.

The Irish Hospice Foundation have developed a suite of materials to inform, support and reassure people as we navigate these uncertain times and find new ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

Bereavement and Loss

Grieving in Exceptional Times

Acknowledging and coping with grief of a COVID-19 Death

Helping Children grieve during COVID-19 restrictions

Supporting teenagers to grieve during COVID-19 restrictions

Finding Ways for Children/Young People to say goodbye if a family member is dying/has died

Visit Bereaved.ie for more general advice and support on bereavement and dealing with grief and loss.


Funerals in Exceptional Times

Planning a Funeral in Exceptional Times

Planning a Funeral when your relative has died from COVID-19

This page will be regularly updated as the resources are finalised. 

Last updated Monday 6 April 2020



Please help the Irish Hospice Foundation to continue to support those facing end of life at this unprecedented time of need. Text IHF to 50300 to donate €4. Text costs €4. The Irish Hospice Foundation will receive a minimum of €3.60.
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