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New Resources launched to inform and support during COVID-19

Posted on: March 20th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing 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.

Over the coming days and weeks, the Irish Hospice Foundation will be developing 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.

We have published three resources so far, Grieving in Exceptional Times, Helping Children Grieve During COVID-19 Restrictions and Planning A Funeral in Exceptional Times. To find out more go here.

Monday 30 March 2020

Nurses for Night Care – Ensuring that final days and nights are spent in the comfort of home

Posted on: March 19th, 2020

Now postponed: National Bereavement Forum

Posted on: March 18th, 2020

* Due to Covid-19, this event is now postponed until further notice. We will announce a new date once it’s set. Those who have registered will retain their tickets for the re-scheduled event.*

This is the only annual event that brings together people from all across Ireland who work in bereavement or encounter people who are bereaved through their daily work.

The day is for organisations and individuals who work directly with bereaved people and also those who meet the bereaved in the course of their day to day work, for example GPs, social workers, bereavement volunteers, therapists, psychologists, frontline information service providers, psychiatrists and so on.

The day will include:

  • The launch of the Adult Bereavement Care Framework
    Guest speaker to be confirmed
  • The impact of GDPR and consent on the provision of bereavement services
    Speaker: Marie Tighe, Project Manager, HSE National Office for Assisted Decision Making and Consent
  • The development of the Adult Bereavement Care Framework and the implication for services
    Speaker: Dr. Amanda Roberts, Bereavement Development Officer, The Irish Hospice Foundation. Plus guests
  • Developments in bereavement care across Ireland
    Speakers to be confirmed

There will be lots of opportunities to network, ask questions and learn about recent developments in bereavement in Ireland throughout the day. A resource table will be available for organisations and individuals to circulate information about their service.

If you have any questions about the event please email Amanda Roberts at amanda.roberts@hospicefoundation.ie

IHF Statement: Covid-19

Posted on: March 13th, 2020

Friday 13 March 2020

The IHF office will be closed this coming Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March.

Following the Government’s announcement on March 12 in relation to COVID-19, flexible working arrangements, for example, remote working, will then be in place for all IHF staff.

This arrangement will be in place until Friday April 3. We will review this policy on an ongoing basis.  All staff are available on email and we will try to reply to all queries. Our RCSI postgraduate lectures will be delivered online, where possible. 

The Irish Hospice Foundation also funds the Nurses for Night Care Service for those with non-cancer related illnesses in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society. The service will continue to operate over the coming weeks. We will remain in close contact with the Irish Cancer Society during this period.

We thank all our supporters for their continued generosity. We have made the decision to postpone a number of our activities and events so if you would like any further updates or advice on fundraising with us or for us,  please email the team at fundraising@hospicefoundation.ie   

For all further queries, please call Main Reception on 01 679 3188 or email info@hospicefoundation.ie

Please mind yourself and keep safe. www.hospicefoundation.ie

In the meantime, we recommend you stay up to date with latest information on COVID-19 via the HSE website

Join our team!

Posted on: February 27th, 2020

Are you ready for a new challenge? 

We are looking to fill the roles of

Clinical Development Coordinator (Bereavement)

Or you can visit our Current Vacancies page. 

Postgraduate courses: Apply now

Posted on: February 24th, 2020

We currently offer two part time postgraduate courses in Bereavement and Loss.
Our courses are delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and aimed at professionals whose work brings them into contact with bereavement and loss.

Rosabel’s Rooms- In partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: February 24th, 2020






Rosabel’s Rooms was established by parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe in memory of their beloved daughter Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged sixteen months.

Rosabel’s Rooms in collaboration with The Irish Hospice Foundation, was launched on the 5th January 2018, on what would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday.
The project is developing the following activities:
  1. Through the Design & Dignity Programme at the Irish Hospice Foundation, this project is facilitating the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland, which will provide comfort and dignity for families following the loss of a loved one.
  1. The Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal fund is providing direct financial support to families, when a child dies in Ireland. The Fund is helping bereaved parents and families to take time off work, pay for funeral costs etc.
  1. Over the coming paths, this project will work to ensure required therapeutic supports are made available for individuals impacted by child loss.
Sharon Foley CEO of the IHF says: “We hope this partnership with Rosabel’s Rooms will give families sanctuary to be together in private at extremely difficult times. The essence of Design & Dignity is to convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.”
For more information, email: rosabelsrooms@gmail.com or click here
For upcoming events, click here  To donate to Rosabel’s Rooms, click here

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund: Apply now

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund is providing financial support as an immediate response to the loss of a child. Click here for more information and eligibility. 
Design & Dignity is part of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme is an IHF initiative to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms, inpatient suites and maternity bereavement suites and upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments. For more information, click here
CHY 6830 – Registered Charity 20013554

COVID-19 Update: Workshops on Loss & Bereavement

Posted on: February 23rd, 2020

** COVID-19 Update **

Due to COVID-19, the following IHF Workshops on Loss and Bereavement have now been cancelled.

19th March ‘Children and Loss’
20th March ‘Grief and Social Media’
26th March ‘Working with Adults Facing Death’
27th March ‘Illness and Loss: Living with the Seen and Unseen’
2nd April ‘Supporting Adolescents Through Grief and Loss’
3rd April ‘Difficult Conversations – a workshop on how to deliver bad news’

We will continue to review our other upcoming events over the days and weeks ahead.


Do you work with bereaved? In 2020, the Irish Hospice Foundation will are hosting 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

HFH Quality Improvement Awards 2020: Apply now!

Posted on: February 17th, 2020


The Irish Hospice Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Quality Improvement Awards for 2020.

What are the HFHQI Awards?

The Award is a financial support for HSE/Voluntary Acute Hospitals that are engaging with the HFH programme. The Awards will support the continual quality improvement approach to end-of-life care (EOLC) and help your hospital towards implementation of the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals.

For the HFH QI 2020 Award Pack and further details, click here.


Call for applications: The Economics of Bereavement

Posted on: February 17th, 2020

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), as part of its programme of research, invites applications to carry out an exploratory investigation of the economics of bereavement in Ireland.

The research is supported by a grant from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).

For more details including the full tender document, click here.