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The People’s Charter on Dying, Death and Bereavement in Ireland

Posted on: January 24th, 2018
Thank you for helping us create an Irish charter on death, dying and bereavement in Ireland
At the Irish Hospice Foundation, we believe achieving excellence in end-of-life care is about supporting each person to live as well as possible to the end of their life so they can die with dignity and humanity and so those left behind can grieve well.
In 2016, we remembered Ireland’s achievements over the past 100 years. At that time we asked you, in the spirit of the national declaration to ‘remember, reflect and re-imagine’, to remember and reflect on your experiences of death and bereavement and re-imagine what it make take to facilitate a good death. For us all there will come a time when we will need care through illness, at the end of life and in bereavement. It’s important to understand how people look at death and dying so we can make sure correct supports are in place. You were able to tell us this based on your experiences, knowledge, hopes and fears. We found out what Irish people think is required for a good death and grieving.
Please click here to read  The Peoples's Charter on Dying, Death & Bereavement in Ireland Thank you for your support.
Joe - A Survey Participant
“When I was 20 my Mum died. There were 10 of us. We were our own support, friends didn’t understand. We expected the whole world to stop. It didn’t, but it changed forever”

Booking now open: Workshops on Loss & Bereavement 2018

Posted on: January 16th, 2018

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

Join Paul & Evelyn Kimmage on our CSI: Cyle for Care this June

Posted on: January 10th, 2018
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is calling on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on the CSI: Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June. The duo will lead the way, covering 600km across the stunning landscapes of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy in just 5 days. 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. This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the beautiful mountains and beaches of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Starting in Piran and staying in picturesque towns along the way to Trieste, you will be supported throughout your journey by the IHF team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188. Registration closes Friday 16 March. Read more here.

Happy New Year! Regular opening times apply.

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

New Year New You

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017

It’s that time of year that we all start thinking of our new year’s resolutions.  Why not start the year by signing up to one of our charity challenges?

Our Cycle Challenge will take place from 23-30th June and for the first time we will be taking on three countries Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Find out more HERE.


Our Camino Challenge will be taking place in September and our brochure will be available early in 2018. You can register your interest HERE and we will send you full details as soon as they are available.


National Summary of Patient Activity Data for Adult Specialist Palliative Care Services in The Republic of Ireland, 2012-2015

Posted on: December 20th, 2017
National Summary of Patient Activity Data for Adult Specialist Palliative Care Services in The Republic of Ireland, 2012-2015, sponsored by the Irish Hospice Foundation and the HSE has been published. This report presents collated data from the Specialist Palliative Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) from the years 2010-2015 and reflects a picture of the activity within the specialist palliative care services in community, day-care and inpatient units. Every service contributes to the Minimum Data Set and we are fortunate to have almost 100% compliance with regard to metric data submission. The work on the report was carried out in partnership with the HSE and a project steering group. For their insight, guidance and commitment to this initiative, we acknowledge the input and work of John Weafer, Researcher; Stephen Toft, Palliative Care Programme Officer, HSE; Stephen Higgins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services & Tallaght Hospital; Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation; Carol Murray, Head of Non-Clinical Support Services, Milford Care Centre; Eileen O’Leary, Non-Residential Services Manager, Cork and Kerry Community Health. We encourage you to read the data report and circulate to colleagues and partner organisations. Apologies if there is any double posting. The report will be made available on the HSE website (www.hse.ie )and available here to download http://hospicefoundation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/National-Survey-of-Patient-Activity.pdf

Irish Hospice Foundation Closing Times over Christmas 2017

Posted on: December 20th, 2017

The Irish Hospice Foundation Funding available to attend the Inaugural SPICT international conference

Posted on: December 7th, 2017

The Irish Hospice Foundation is offering up to 5 bursaries to community based health and social care professionals to attend the Inaugural SPICT international conference in Edinburgh on February 2nd 2018. The SPICT tool is used to help health and social care professionals identify people at risk of deteriorating and dying with one or multiple advanced conditions for holistic, palliative care needs assessment and care planning.

The conference will highlight innovations in patient identification and care planning using SPICT as well as demonstrate how SPICT is being used across the world.

The maximum bursary awarded is €320. This will contribute towards travel and accommodation as well as conference attendance/registration that will be arranged via the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Deirdre.shanagher@hospicefoundation.ie by January 12th 2018. Please include your name, contact details and a brief outline of how this conference may impact on your clinical practice. Successful applicants will be asked to write a blog post after conference attendance that will shared on EHospice Ireland.

Conference details http://www.spict.org.uk/inaugural-spict-conference-2018/

Irish Hospice Foundation’s Never Forgotten Dine Out to raise vital funds towards End of Life care

Posted on: December 6th, 2017

On Friday 1st December: Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan was among the special guests who supported the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Dine Out today.

More than 100 guests got into the festive spirit at the IHF’s first Christmas lunch in the Unicorn restaurant, raising vital funds towards the provision of bereavement services and hospice care in Ireland. Every year 29,000 people in Ireland die, with an average ten people left directly affected by a death. That equates to 290,000 people who will be experiencing the pain of loss this festive season.

Miriam, a lifelong supporter of the IHF, urged everyone to support the charity’s Christmas Never Forgotten appeal by remembering a loved one in an extra special way. This unique offering invites those who are bereaved to record a message to their loved ones at www.neverforgotten.ie. The messages of remembrance will be posted online and handwritten into a special Book of Remembrance which will then be on display in the IHF library throughout 2018. Miriam said the loss of her beloved sister Ann and father Jerry is felt by all her family each Christmas.

“By paying tribute to a loved one this Christmas you are also supporting the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation as they help those nearing death or those suffering from bereavement,” she added. The IHF is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our aim is to achieve dignity comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life.

IHF CEO, Sharon Foley, said: “Grief is painful all year around, but at Christmas time it can be especially hard for those bereaved. Through our Never Forgotten Appeal you can pay tribute to your loved one and support our services.

“As a national charity we strive for the best care at end of life all year round, but we can’t do it without the generosity of our supporters, including those attending our special Dine Out today The funds raised this Christmas will help support thousands of people at end of life as well as their families.”

All funds raised supports the work of the IHF, which includes: · Nurses for Night Care Services – which provides professional end-of-life care to very ill patients in the home · Care for Children Campaign – supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families · Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme - to bring best end-of-life care and principles to those in hospitals and other care settings · Training over 3,000 people annually – to improve end-of-life care and bereavement support nationwide For more information visit www.neverforgotten.ie

Any media queries, please contact Jane Flynn, Communications, Irish Hospice Foundation on 01-6793188 or 087-235 6801

Kilkenny Announces Christmas Charity partnership with The Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: December 6th, 2017

1st December 2017: On Friday 1st December 2017, Kilkenny launched its annual Christmas gift wrap charity appeal in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). The official partnership will see gift wrapping stations positioned in all Kilkenny and Christy’s stores nationwide where customers will be able to make voluntary donations to The Irish Hospice Foundation in exchange for having their purchases gift wrapped in store.

The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national Irish charity working for best end-of-life care everywhere, with a fundamental belief that people have a right to die with respect and dignity. All proceeds will be donated to support the charity’s general fundraising efforts spanning across family bereavement support, Night Nurse care, and financial support for families. With 53% of Irish people affected annually by loss of a loved one, the many IHF programmes bring hospice, bereavement care and principles to people where they are – in their local communities, their local hospital, residential facility or the family home.

Kilkenny Group Marketing Manager Kathryn Ryan says; ‘‘We are honoured to work with such an important charity that touches so many people’s lives. We want to give something back to the team of nurses, carers and the team at The Irish Hospice Foundation who look after our friends, families, neighbours and loved ones when they are most vulnerable. Kilkenny Group have a long standing tradition of supporting Irish charities and will continue this by matching all donations raised through the Christmas gift wrap appeal in Kilkenny and Christy’s stores nationwide and donating the total sum to the Irish Hospice Foundation who deliver outstanding work throughout the year.‘’

Deirdre Lennon – Corporate Fundraising Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation says: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. It is also a time when we provide vital support for those who are caring for a loved one over the holidays. The gift wrap appeal can be a gift of a lifetime. We welcome this partnership with Kilkenny so that no one faces death or bereavement without the care and support they need.”

The gift wrap appeal comes after Kilkenny group announced The Irish Hospice Foundation as their annual Charity Partner for Christmas 2017. To offer your support or donate this Christmas you can do so in any Kilkenny or Christy’s store or online at www.hospicefoundation.ie.