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Irish Hospice Foundation welcomes further HSE support for end-of-life care in Irish hospitals

Posted on: March 7th, 2019
The HSE’s creation of six new hospital end-of-life care coordinator post and funding for the training of 90 Final Journeys facilitators has been welcomed by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) today (Thursday 7 March).
End-of-life care coordinators and the Final Journeys training programme are two key components of the IHF’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) programme, which has been working to support acute hospitals to improve end-of-life care since 2007.
The HFH programme formally partnered with the HSE in 2017 with the objective of all Irish acute hospitals having a dedicated end-of-life care committee and coordinators in place to improve the provision of resources and support for patients and families at end of life.
Approximately 12,000 people die annually in Ireland’s acute hospitals where seven end-of-life coordinators currently work.
Commenting on the news, HFH Outreach Officer, Joanne Brennan, said “This is exciting news. The investment in six additional coordinator posts is another welcome step by the HSE towards a comprehensive and consistent approach to end- of-life in our hospitals.”
“Approximately 10% of all acute hospital daily activity is associated with care across the last year of life. The HFH programme, which will be providing induction support for these new posts, will continue to advocate that every hospital in Ireland has the resources to ensure end-of-life care gets the focus and attention it deserves”.
For more information about the IHF’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme, click here.
The Hospitals that will receive the six additional End-of-Life Care coordinators are:
Tullamore General Hospital 
Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital 
Waterford University Hospital 
University College Hospital, Galway 
Beaumont Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes hospital, Drogheda
St. Vincent’s University Hospital 

Postgraduate Courses: Apply Now!

Posted on: March 7th, 2019
MSc Bereavement Studies students  
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.
Applications are open now and will be accepted until May 2019.

Putting the house in order series continues in Clare

Posted on: February 14th, 2019
The third seminar of County Clare’s innovative Putting the House in Order series takes place in Kilrush this month.
The event, organised by the Clare Older People’s Council, takes place on Wednesday 20 March (11am-2pm) at the Kilrush Golf Club on the Ennis Road. It will deal head on with what you wish to happen at the end of life and includes two workshops. The first is an introductory information session covering wills, enduring power of attorney, and other legal issues delivered by local Clare solicitor Sharon Cahir.
The second workshop delivered by Rebecca Lloyd, Public Engagement Officer with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), asks participants to ‘Think Ahead’ using the IHF’s popular Think Ahead form.
Two seminars have already been held in Ennis and Shannon with over 110 people attending, and many put on a waiting list.
Rebecca says: “Planning for what happens after you die or when, for some reason, you are no longer in a position to make or describe your plans for the future is a very difficult subject to contemplate. You may not have thought about – because, mostly, here in Ireland, we don’t like to. Or, it’s something you may be thinking about a lot and do want to talk about. Either way, please join us in Shannon, there is no pressure to do or say anything – Sharon and I will try and give you as much information to help you and answer any of your questions.”
Patricia Anne Moore, one of the Clare Older People’s Council organisers:  “We had a very inspirational days in Ennis and Shannon with lots of sharing and advice for those present.  Through these seminars we want to enable participants to primarily receive good quality information about ‘putting their house in order’ and think about and discuss what would be important to them should they become ill, incapacitated or experience a medical emergency. It’s important for all of us to think about these things especially as we get older. It’s so you and those closest to you will know and understand what your wishes are. Many people enjoyed coming along and connecting with others – we are delighted with its success so far”
The series is with thanks to financial support from the Community Foundation for Ireland, and in association with the Irish Hospice Foundation.
Admission is free for the events but booking is essential. Phone 065 6846240 or email hmoloney@clarecoco.ie
*Please note this is primarily an information and planning session; it is not about bereavement or bereavement counselling.
Putting The House in Order Series: remaining dates:
  • April        10th Courthouse Gallery, ENNISTYMON
  • May         8th  Village Hall, OGONNELLOE

Now fully booked: The Irish Premiere of ‘A Love That Never Dies’

Posted on: February 1st, 2019
Parental bereavement is different to other types of loss in its intensity and level of distress. As a way of raising awareness of parental bereavement in Ireland and encouraging conversation and support, the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is hosting the Irish premiere of the documentary, A Love that Never Dies, in Dublin on Thursday 4 April.
The film is by parents Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds, who founded The Good Grief Project, following the death of their son Josh in a road accident in Vietnam in 2011. Jane is a psychotherapist and Jimmy is a BAFTA award winning film maker, together they made A Love That Never Dies as a way of honouring their son’s memory.
The documentary follows them as they set off from the UK on their own road trip across the USA to find out why, in a world where death always makes front page news, real-life conversations about death, dying and bereavement are so problematic. Over a three month period, they met and filmed 13 families all of whom shared remarkable stories of living beyond the death of their own child.
Jane and Jimmy will attend the Dublin premiere on Thursday 4 April at the ODEON Point Square, Point Village.
Speaking ahead of the event, Jane says: “In making our film, our first and last impulse was to gather stories that would produce a documentary in which we could represent a version of what it means to grieve. These are personal stories that, collected together into one narrative, we hope provide insight to the fears and hopes of all bereaved parents (at least those in the western world).”
“This is important, both to substantiate the experience of people traumatised by the death of their child and also to help people who care for the bereaved either as professionals or as friends.”
The screening is open to the general public and organisations/people that provide support to bereaved parents across Ireland. It will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and representatives from Irish bereavement support organisations.
Head of Education & Bereavement at the IHF is Orla Keegan: “We are delighted and proud to host this film premiere; through its beautiful journey it gives some insight into what for most of us is an unimaginable loss. We invite bereaved parents who may have lost a child of any age to attend. We also hope however that this film gives neighbours, friends and all of us the permission to continue talking with families about a child who has died – their memory lasts and love never dies”.
Refreshments will be available in the iSense Lounge in the ODEON Point Square after the Q&A and people will have an opportunity to meet with others attending the event and bereavement organisations if they wish.
The event is now fully booked but a waiting list is open. Register on Eventbrite here .
*Organisations represented on the night will include Anam Cara, Bumbleance, Féileacáin, FirstLight, HUGG, Irish Road Victims Association, Jack and Jill, LauraLynn, A Little Lifetime and the Irish Hospice Foundation.
For more info about the film: www.alovethatneverdiesfilm.com
Read more about the Good Grief Project here: www.thegoodgriefproject.co.uk
For our bereavement tools and resources, visit www.bereaved.ie
This film will change the way the world see grief”
Scarlett Lewis, Mother of Sandy Hook Victim
“Tender and uplifting. Raw and real”     
Kathryn Mannix, author – With The End In Mind

A&E Viewing Room transformed at Tallaght University Hospital

Posted on: January 31st, 2019

A&E Viewing Room transformed at Tallaght University Hospital

The newly transformed viewing room in the Emergency Department at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) has been officially opened.
Funded through the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) and HSE’s Design & Dignity programme, the viewing room forms part of the Rosheen Suite, which also includes two refurbished family rooms supported through funding from the Adelaide Health Foundation.
As part of TUH’s commitment to the IHF’s Hospice Friendly Hospital programme, the Emergency Department Viewing room was redesigned and in 2016, following a successful submission to the IHF and HSE, Tallaght University Hospital was awarded a Design & Dignity grant.
The Rosheen suite comprises of two family rooms and a viewing room to care for relatives of deceased patients and/or critically ill patients. The viewing room provides a non-clinical space for families to be together, away from the busy emergency department. It is a quiet and peaceful room, centred round a beautiful piece of stained glass artwork created by artist Peter Young. The piece depicts a scene from the nearby Wicklow Mountains and is entitled ‘Nadur’.
Speaking at the opening, a member of the Emergency Department Staff said: “The environment is much better. It is now a peaceful and dignified space that I am proud to use. Before, it was so distressful using the room with no decent chairs for families to sit on.”
The TUH project team consisted of Ciaran Faughnan, TUH Executive Team and Director of Estates and Facilities, architect Ronan Rose Roberts, artist Peter Young, Yvonne Connaughton, Brendan Malone, ED staff and Ann Hickey End-of-Life Care Co-ordinator.
Mary Lovegrove, Design & Dignity Project Manager:  “Design & Dignity brings design excellence to hospitals where so many people spend their last days.  We’re aiming to create sanctuaries for patients and families at a very distressing time, and allow them the proper space and privacy they need. Thanks to the leadership and support of the HSE we have funded over 40 hospitals projects across Ireland to date”.
Hospitals can be very unhospitable places for newly-bereaved families. The IHF and HSE has funded over 40 hospital projects through Design & Dignity - including mortuary refurbishments and family rooms – to ensure dignity and privacy at this most difficult time. For more info: https://bit.ly/2R2ZqQx

10th anniversary Cycle for Care: Join Paul & Evelyn Kimmage in Spain this June!

Posted on: January 15th, 2019

Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, pictured with sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn as they call on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter on the 10th anniversary Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June. The duo will lead the way across the stunning landscapes of the Costa Verde in Spain from 23-29 June Pic. Robbie Reynolds

€2 million the target as Paul Kimmage & Evelyn tackle special Cycle Challenge in aid of Irish Hospice Foundation  

Tuesday 15 January 2019
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is calling on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on the 10th anniversary Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June.
The duo will lead the way across the stunning landscapes of the Costa Verde in Spain from 23-29 June. They will be pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service, which provides care to people in their own homes at the end of life right around the country and the Foundation’s Bereavement Support programme.
Speaking at today’s photo call, the Sunday Independent journalist said: “This will be my fifth Cycle Challenge in aid of the Nurses for Night Care service. On all my journeys with the IHF, I have heard many poignant and touching stories from my fellow cyclists about these inspirational nurses and the care they provide at the end of life. Nurses for Night Care allow people to spend their final days at home with their families. The gift of a peaceful and comfortable final chapter for our loved ones is one we all would love to give. In supporting the IHF Cycle Challenge by taking part or through raising funds, we help to make this possible for more and more families.”
“I am delighted my daughter Evelyn will be able to join me once again this year. We are encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join us on this stunning route through northern Spain. It’s a hugely rewarding experience,” said Paul.
The Kingspan-sponsored cycle has raised €1.85m for the IHF since it started in 2009 and the target in 2019 is to surpass the €2million euro mark. Over 4,000 families have been cared for by the Nurses for Night Care service with over 11,000 nights of care delivered since it was established.
IHF CEO Sharon Foley said: “Over the past ten years, this fantastic event has made a real difference to adults, children and families all over Ireland facing dying, death and bereavement.  Thanks to the incredible fundraising by all of our cyclists over the years, people with diseases like dementia, motor neurone disease, advanced respiratory disease, heart failure and end stage kidney disease are able to receive expert care and support at night in their own homes in their final days. Please join us on our 10th anniversary Cycle as we continue to strive to extend this support to more people and families nationwide.”
Team Kingspan have participated in all of the IHF Cycles over the years: “We are very proud to support this event and to help the IHF make a real difference to so many people and families all over Ireland. We have no doubt it’s going to be another huge success and hopefully we can pass the two million euro mark raised.”
This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the stunning northern coastal region of Spain. Starting in Santallina del Mar, the route will take in beautiful coastal towns, beaches and the dramatic scenery of the Picos de Europe. Our final destination is the historical city of Santiago de Compostela. You will be supported throughout your journey by the IHF team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found at http://www.hospicefoundation.ie/cycle or by calling 01 6793188. Registration closes Friday 16 March.

Putting the house in order – hosted by Clare Older People’s Council

Posted on: January 15th, 2019
It’s that time of year again. You are planning ahead, vowing to lose the weight, get fitter, setting SMART goals in many areas of your life.
There is one thing that you may not have thought about – because, mostly, here in Ireland, we don’t like to. And that is planning for what happens after you die or when, for some reason, you are no longer in a position to make or describe your plans for the future.
That’s why, with financial support from the Community Foundation for Ireland , and in association with the Irish Hospice Foundation, Clare Older People’s Council will run and host  a series of seminars over the next five months, called “Putting the House in Order.”
Starting on Wednesday 23 January in Ennis, the series will include a presentation on ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’ by local solicitor Sharon Cahir, and a presentation by Rebecca Lloyd of the Irish Hospice Foundation on planning ahead so that those closest to you will know and understand what your wishes are. The workshop will enable participants to think about and discuss what would be important to them should they become ill, incapacitated or experience a medical emergency.
Please note that this is primarily an information and planning session; it is not about bereavement or bereavement counseling.
The first seminar in the series will take place in the Butter market, Drumbiggle Road, on Wednesday January 23rd from 11.a.m. -2.30 p.m before moving around to different locations across Clare.
It’s FREE , but places are limited so booking is essential. For more information please email rebecca.lloyd@hospicefoundatoin.ie or call 01 679 3188.
(If we cannot accommodate you on this occasion we will put your name on a list for one of the other locations in the county).
Other locations & dates:
  • February 27th Shannon Oaks Hotel, SHANNON
  • March     20th Kilrush Golf Club, Ennis Road, KILRUSH
  • April        10th Courthouse Gallery, ENNISTYMON
  • May         8th  Village Hall, OGONNELLOE

Vacancies: Join the IHF team

Posted on: January 7th, 2019

Help Ireland live well, die well and grieve well.

Join our team as

Fundraising Development Executive

Help us innovate and collaborate across health and social sectors to ensure everyone’s end-of-life and bereavement needs are met, regardless of diagnosis, age or location.

New Year, New Challenge!

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019


Looking for a new challenge in 2019?
Why not get on your bike and pedal your from Santander to Santiago in aid of our Nurses for Night Care service this June.
Our Cycle Ambassador Paul Kimmage is also returning for our biggest annual event of the year.
Don't miss the challenge of a lifetime where you'll be taking the magnificent land and seascape of Northern Spain while supporting those nearing the end of life who wish to spend their final days at home.
For more info & how to register, please click here.
** To avail of the Early Bird Discount, make sure you sign up before 31 January 2019

Christy Moore Concert in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: December 18th, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott, Donal Luny and Jim Higgins are holding a concert in memory of their friend Tim Martin at Vicar St. Dublin on 13th March next. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to The IHF.  Tickets are now on sale through ticketmaster.ie more details can be found here.