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Niamh Fitzpatrick ¦ Grief from the Inside Out

Posted on: December 5th, 2018
Our annual Living with Loss evening was held on 1st November. It aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.
Our guest speaker on this occasion was psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick. She spoke about her own grief journey following the death of her sister Captain Dara Fitzpatrick in 2017. She has kindly shared some advice if you, or someone you know, is grieving. Read more here.

2019 Bereavement Workshops: Booking open

Posted on: November 23rd, 2018
Bereavement training is central to The Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement programme.  We strive to provide accessible, high quality training for professionals, volunteers and others with an interest in learning more about bereavement.
Hosted by the Bereavement Education & Resource Centre at The Irish Hospice Foundation, our workshops focus on a range of topics associated with bereavement, including children and adolescents, suicide and addiction.
Every year roughly 400 people take part in our workshops. 
Workshops are suitable for people requiring basic up to intermediate level bereavement theory for professional or volunteer development.
Our presenters represent a wide range of bereavement care practitioners from the voluntary and statutory sectors.
For more information & how to book, click here.

Buy your 2018 IHF Christmas Cards now!

Posted on: November 20th, 2018
Our 2018 Christmas cards for 2018 are now on sale!
Buy them online now right here.
We have a range of styles to suit all tastes. Our cards are also available in shops nationwide.
Thank you for supporting the Irish Hospice Foundation this festive season!

Support our Never Forgotten Christmas Appeal

Posted on: November 19th, 2018

Make this a Christmas to Remember with a Tribute to Your Loved One

Journalist Laura Kennedy is urging people to support those facing bereavement across Ireland this Christmas by donating to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.
After the untimely death of her mother Emma three years ago, the Limerick native was plunged into her own journey of grief and loss.
“After my mother died in November 2015, I hardly knew who I was. As I began the process of grieving, the shape of my life without her would come to me in realisations that felt like an angry punch to the gut. Those punches still come, three years later. For me, my mother is still Christmas – I make the food she made, I tell stories about her, I remember her. I adapt, because I must. She is gone, but not completely, because my brother and I are still here. This Christmas I am proud to support the IHF and all the work they do for the bereaved."
Every year 30,000 people in Ireland die and on average 10 people are directly affected by a death. This means up to 300,000 people will experience the pain of loss this Christmas. The IHF is dedicated to working with those facing dying, death and bereavement. Its mission, delivered through its support, education and advocacy programmes is to strive for the best end-of-life and bereavement care, for all.
The Never Forgotten Appeal invites people to remember their special someone this Christmas and support the vital work of the IHF as they help those nearing death or experiencing bereavement. Each donation also allows people to compose a personal message in memory of those they love who have died which is then handwritten into the 2019 Book of Remembrance. The 2019 Book of Remembrance will be proudly displayed in the Irish Hospice Foundation library. People can donate online at www.neverforgotten.ie.
IHF CEO, Sharon Foley commented: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. Let’s cherish the memories of our loved ones who have died by making this a Christmas to remember.”
“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way in which you can honour a loved one who has died and at the same time make a real difference to others at the end of life or those left bereaved. All donations go towards the work of the IHF in bereavement and to providing better care and support for those who are bereaved.”
The IHF relies on public donations to fund its services. Our work in Bereavement includes:
  • Over 2600 individuals and healthcare professionals trained in bereavement annually
  • Co-ordinating the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN)
  • A Hardship Fund for helping people and families with funeral costs
Go to www.neverforgotten.ie to make a vital donation in memory of the one you love.

Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2018

Posted on: November 5th, 2018
Third National Bereaved Children’s Week runs from 15-22 November
-  Supporting Parents, Carers, and Bereaved Children
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is hosting the 3rd national Bereaved Children’s Week from Thursday 15 November 2018 to highlight the needs of bereaved children and how to support them through difficult periods of loss.
The week coincides with Universal Children’s Day on November 20 and is aimed at those supporting bereaved children including parents, carers, teachers, sports groups, faith communities or friends in their local communities.
‘Children Grieve Too’ is the key message for next week
In Ireland 80 people die daily. These are the parents, grandparents, cousins and siblings of our 1.2million children. Children grieve too with 2.2% of nine year olds having lost a parent, 6% a close friend and 28% a grandparent.
Events are taking place nationwide including dedicated awareness days in Cavan General Hospital, St James’ Hospital and at LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. The week begins with a National Conference of the ICBN on Thursday 15 November at Woodquay in Dublin
The ICBN is hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded together with Tulsa. See www.childhoodbereavement.ie for more info.

Join our pilot Never Forgotten campaign in November

Posted on: October 31st, 2018
Following on from our annual Living with Loss event on November 1 we want to continue the conversation around bereavement online.
We would love it if you would join us for the pilot of our ‘Never Forgotten’ social media campaign, where we want to encourage individuals and communities to celebrate those they love who have died, honour their memory and take part in active remembrance through Social Media.
Join us in your own way using #neverforgotten and #rememberinnovember
For more details on how you and your community can take part, click here.

IHF welcomes the publication of Future of Mental Health Care Final Report

Posted on: October 19th, 2018
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has today (Friday 19 October) welcomed the recently published Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care Final Report.
30,000 people die in Ireland each year, equating to 80 deaths each day (CSO, 2018). Bereavement and loss thus affect large numbers of people in Ireland.  While the overall pattern in bereavement and grief is one of adjusting, of keeping the memory and influence of the person who died and creating a ‘new normal, it is also well documented that bereavement has an impact on mental health.   An Irish 2016 population-based survey (n=908) found many bereaved reported a deterioration in mental (28%) and physical health (24%) after the death of someone close to them.  For a small proportion of people, in Ireland as in other countries, bereavement may become a serious health issue. This can happen for up to 10% of people and requires expert mental health support.
Bereavement should be included in Mental Health Strategy and Policy going forward. Despite all bereaved people having needs, bereavement is invisible in formal policies in Ireland and does not feature as an issue in our overarching health strategies/frameworks.
The IHF has started the process of developing a framework for adult bereavement care.  We are currently facilitating collective working with over 50 organisations with an interest or focus in bereavement care to develop and advocate for a framework for bereavement care which we envisage will enhance the care provided to bereaved people in Ireland.
A steering group is progressing this work. The process of consulting with those involved in supporting and understanding bereaved people in Ireland has established that there is a strong appetite for and a belief in working together at a local and national level to make a difference.
However, to ensure excellence in bereavement care becomes a national priority we believe both government departments and NGO’s need to be involved this process.
We would like to take this opportunity to commend the work of the Joint Committee. We agree with the report that it is important to have access to a range of ‘talking therapies’ within the community, particularly those with an appropriate level of knowledge of the impact of bereavement and bereavement care.  Currently, those who require this level of support and do not have a medical card only have access to this level of care from private providers. For many, this is out of their reach due to the cost.
For our bereavement tools and resources, please visit www.bereaved.ie
To read the full report by the Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care click here.

Following the Pink Ribbon Path

Posted on: October 18th, 2018
We are pleased to be able to promote Following the Pink Ribbon Path which is an updated version of Mary Redmond Ussher's book which follows her journey with breast cancer and has been relaunched in her memory.
It includes Mary's original writing and new testimonies from many of the people whose lives she touched and inspired, including broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan and former president, Mary McAleese  

IHF encourages Government to promote planning for end of life

Posted on: October 16th, 2018

Irish Hospice Foundation Statement: Safeguarding Your Future Survey October 2018

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has today (Monday 15 October, 2018) welcomed the publication of the Safeguarding Your Future Survey results by Safeguarding Ireland.
The Red C research has found that less than half of Irish adults have any of the recommended ‘planning for the future’ measures in place. These may include having a conversation with friends or family, making a will, taking out an enduring power of attorney, preparing an advance care plan or advance healthcare directive.
These findings resonate with earlier surveys commissioned by the IHF and support our call to the Government to empower and enable people to plan for their future through public information and facilitation.
In 2016, 3000 people answered the call to say what matters to them at end of life (Have Your Say 2016). There was overwhelming support for being able to prepare for what may happen. Citizens have told us that they wish to have a mechanism for discussing and recording issues relating to their end of life in the event that they are unable to speak for themselves. The IHF’s Think Ahead form is a popular method of facilitating such conversations and expressions with over 85,000 of such forms in circulation. Its provision for the making of Advance Healthcare Directives is also in line with current legislation.
As a State and as a society we must encourage conversation about dying, death and bereavement in Ireland, especially around planning ahead. The IHF will continue to campaign to stimulate this conversation and a coherent Government response.
Dying is everybody’s business and presents a myriad of challenge to the health service, other state services and to wider society. This means a population wide, whole society response is required.
We would encourage the Government to promote public awareness and citizen engagement in end-of-life issues especially planning for end of life. This should include the adoption and rollout of Think Ahead in line with the recommendations in the Finite Lives reports 2015 & 2017.
We would like to congratulate Safeguarding Ireland on this vital piece of work that will further encourage the public to focus on their end-of-life preferences and then, think, talk, tell.
For more information on Think Ahead, please visit www.thinkahead.ie

Job Opportunity – Regular Giving Executive

Posted on: October 8th, 2018


Regular Giving Executive

Reporting to:

Individual Giving Manager


Nassau Street, Dublin 2


Full Time, Permanent

Primary Purpose:

To work within the fundraising team as part of the Individual Giving Section to help us achieve our targets. Providing essential support for our regular donors (maintaining relationships and acquisition of new support), working with door to door agencies, representatives and staff as required and driving key campaigns (annual raffle and tax back scheme). The role includes, administration, donor care, financial reporting, telemarketing and updating and presenting training materials.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To work within the framework of the overall aims and objectives of The Irish Hospice Foundation.
  • Liaise with our door to door agency and representatives to help achieve monthly targets.
  • Manage administration associated with door to door and events fundraising.
  • Help us to drive acquisition of new donors.
  • Manage all financial administration for monthly donors.
  • Answer, log and return calls, emails and web inquiries from existing donors and new prospects.
  • Record all communications and transactions on fundraising database Raisers Edge.
  • Assist the fundraising team on key campaigns – primarily our Spring Raffle and Tax Back Scheme.
  • Undertake such other duties that may arise from time to time in consultation with Individual Giving Manager.

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent organisational and administration skills
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and multi task
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic, warm friendly manner
  • Proven experience in customer service/administration, events, marketing or fundraising
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small busy team.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Willingness to learn and to get involved with new projects and appeals

Desirable Criteria:

  • An interest in working in the fundraising and charity sector
  • Experience of the fundraising database Raisers Edge
  • Experience of working in door-to-door or on-street sales / canvassing


This is a full time position, 37 hours per week. However, we are open to flexibility to the correct candidate, if desired.


Commensurate on experience


Please send your CV and brief covering letter to: Clare.Martin@hospicefoundation.ie

Postal Applications:

Clare Martin, Individual Giving Manager, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2

Closing date:

26th October 2018