Do you work with bereaved? In 2018, the Irish Hospice Foundation will once again host a series of Workshops on Loss and Bereavement. These are for professionals and volunteers who are working with those who have experienced a major loss. Booking is essential. For the full list of workshops and booking details, click here
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Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese Officially Opens new Family Room and Refurbished Mortuary Viewing Room
Former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese has visited Roscommon University Hospital to officially open the Design and Dignity Family Room and Refurbished Mortuary Viewing Room.
The refurbishment of the family room and mortuary viewing room were funded under the Design and Dignity Grant Fund which is operated and co- funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the Health Service Executive (HSE). To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms and upgraded mortuaries and ensure these facilities are welcoming, respectful environments.
Hospice Friendly Hospitals
Roscommon University Hospital is one of over 48 hospitals in Ireland linked to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme. The HFH Programme is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation. It seeks to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals.
Geraldine Keane, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care, Roscommon University Hospital explains, “The family room was initially part of a palliative care room funded by the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation. The Design and Dignity Grant Funding has now enabled us to develop a purpose-designed family room, which provides family members with a peaceful and restful space. The room can accommodate up to eight people comfortably and can facilitate overnight stays. It has a recessed kitchenette, private shower and bathroom facilities.
“The refurbishment of the mortuary has created a much more inviting space for families to congregate following the death of their loved one. The availability of this improved facility ensures that relatives have space and dignity during a very difficult time in their lives. The refurbished area creates a respectful, non-clinical environment, with a calm and soothing atmosphere. It has bespoke furniture, complete with soft lighting and comfortable seating. The stained glass sliding panels provide privacy, along with subdued natural light and a calm aesthetic.”
Mary Garvey, General Manager, Roscommon University Hospital said, “Families need a private dignified space during this most critical time. Today we are pleased to open two new facilities that will offer some comfort to families when they need it most. The completion of both projects, along with ongoing support from Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and the Irish Hospice Foundation, ensure that a culture of care and respect for the dying and their families is embedded in Roscommon University Hospital.”
Sharon Foley CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation said: “We hope that this new beautiful family room and mortuary will be sanctuaries for families to be together in private at extremely difficult times in their lives and that these Design and Dignity projects will convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.
“Our vision for Design and Dignity is for all hospitals to have beautifully designed family rooms and mortuaries - it’s wonderful to see Roscommon University Hospital leading the way with these two projects.”
Former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese in her speech stated, “It’s a wonderful thing to be in a place where people have looked beyond the person into the interior, looked beyond the patient, looked beyond the immediate medical need, and ask what can we do? what is missing here? and you have done that here with such care and dignity.”
Our annual November public information evening on bereavement was held on 2nd November. This annual event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people. The evening opened with an introduction followed by a number of talks and video presentations. Guest speaker Laura Kennedy (Columnist with The Irish Times, author of the personal reflection column ‘Leavetaking’) spoke on the theme ‘Living with Loss’. At the event a number of voluntary bereavement support services and professional therapeutic services were represented (listed below). The audience had an opportunity to visit these stands and be informed of what services they provide. Admission is free to this annual November event which is open to all members of the public, in particular to those that have been bereaved.If you would like to be notified of this event in the future please contact Iris Murray Tel 01 679 3188 email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Little Lifetime Foundation, Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support, Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service, Beginning Experience, Bethany Bereavement Support Group, Citizens Information Service, Féileacáin (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Association of Ireland), FirstLight, Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, Irish Hospice Foundation, Living Links, Miscarriage Association of Ireland, PCI Counselling Service, Pieta House Bereavement Services, Purple House Cancer Support, Rainbows Ireland, SAH (Support After Homicide), Turas Le Cheile Bereavement Support Service, Turning Point, Village Counselling Service
Our next annual November public information evening on bereavement will be held on Thursday, 2nd November 2017. This annual event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people. The evening will open with an introduction followed by a number of talks and video presentations. Guest speaker Laura Kennedy (Columnist with The Irish Times) will speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’. At the event a number of voluntary bereavement support services and Professional Therapeutic Services will be represented. The audience will have an opportunity to visit these stands and be informed of what services they provide. Admission is free to this annual November event which is open to all members of the public, in particular to those that have been bereaved. If you have any queries please contact Iris Murray Tel 01 679 3188 email email@example.com
This public event is free to attend. Bookings are not necessary.
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is encouraging professionals working with bereaved children to attend its South East regional meeting on April 29th.
The meeting, which is free of charge, will take place at St Johns Pastoral Centre, Waterford between 10am-1pm. Professionals including social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers, guidance counsellors from across the region are invited to attend.
Nicola Jordan, Co-ordinator of the ICBN stated: “This regional meeting is an opportunity for professionals working with bereaved children and young people in the locality to come together and share their experiences with people who are doing similar work. We are hoping professionals from Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Carlow, Tipperary and Laois will join us on the day.”
Launched in 2012, the ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. The aim is to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the heath and loss of their loved one.
Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), the ICBN was founded after a study carried out by the IHF found there was a lack of emphasis in government policy on children’s bereavement. It also noted that while there were many strengths, the current system needed to be co-ordinated through networking and discussion.
Research carried out in 2012 found that 28% of Irish nine year olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2% have lost a parent.
For those attending the meeting, Nicola Jordan will introduce the work of the ICBN. She will be followed by Chair of the ICBN and Children and Loss Consultant Bríd Carroll who will deliver a talk titled ‘Siblings: The Forgotten Grievers’. It will also be an opportunity for those working locally to meet and discuss current topics of interest.
The meeting is the latest in a series being held across the country. It follows a meeting in Sligo in February while another is planned for Dublin on May 30th.
To attend in Waterford, you must RSVP to Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for the event.
More details here
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is encouraging professionals working with bereaved adolescents to attend its Dublin regional meeting on May 30 where they will be able to hear from an international expert on some techniques, tools and skills to support them in their work.
The meeting, which is free of charge to ICBN members, will take place at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2. Professionals including social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers, guidance counsellors from across the region are invited to attend.
As part of the event, Professor Danai Papadatou will lead a workshop titled, ‘Working with Adolescent Grief.’ She is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Athens. She is also the founder of “Merimna”, a non-profit organization which provides bereavement support to children and their families as well as paediatric palliative home care services in Greece. She has received awards for her contribution in the field, and is an active member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
Brid Carroll, Chair of the ICBN stated: “Adolescents face particular challenges in their grief and we are delighted to have Professor Papadatou, who is a world expert in psychology, here to provide this tailored training. As a network, we are uniquely placed to connect with professionals, working at the heart of communities across Ireland, who are providing support to bereaved young people. This training will enhance their skills and knowledge and provide a range of new interventions to develop their practice.
Launched in 2012, the ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. The aim is to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the heath and loss of their loved one
Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and jointly funded by Tusla, the ICBN was founded after a study carried out by the IHF found there was a lack of emphasis in government policy on children’s bereavement. It also noted that while there were many strengths, the current system needed to be co-ordinated through networking and discussion.
Research carried out in 2012 found that 28% of Irish nine year olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2% have lost a parent.
In 2013, the network appointed Nicola Jordan as Coordinator of the network, to develop its membership and activities. In December 2013 they launched their website, www.childhoodbereavement.ie, which is a hub of information for anyone supporting a bereaved child.
To attend, you can register here. There is no charge for the event for ICBN members, but there is a fee of €35 for non-members which includes annual Individual membership to the network
The Irish Hospice Foundation is now hiring for the position of coordinator for the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network.
Further details and application information HERE
A very big congratulations to the class of 2012 Msc bereavement studies graduates who were conferred at the RCSI last week.
This year 16 students graduated from the two year Msc programme which is delivered through the Irish Hospice Foundation's Bereavement Education Resource Centre and accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.
More information on the MSC Bereavement Studies is available HERE
Living with loss
November is traditionally a month for remembrance. As part of our bereavement support function at the Irish Hospice Foundation we will host a bereavement public information evening ‘Living with Loss’ on Thursday November 1st in the Alexander Hotel, Fenian st from 5.30 until 8.30.
This 'drop in' evening will feature;
- Professor Tom Inglis reading from his new book written after the death of his wife Aileen
- Video presentations and general information on bereavement
- An address by Dr Tony Bates at 6.30 on the theme of 'Living with loss'
This event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people. There will be an opportunity to talk to voluntary bereavement support services about the supports they provide.
Bereavement Support Services represented include;
- A Little Lifetime Foundation
- Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support
- Barnardos Bereavement Counselling for Children
- Bereavement Counselling Service
- Bethany Bereavement Support Group
- Health Service Executive
- Living Links
- Rainbows Ireland
- Turas le Cheile Bereavement Support
- Turning Point
This is a free public event and booking is not neccessary, If you have queries or would like further information please contact; Iris Murray, Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 4th Floor, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 679 3188 Fax: 01 673 0040