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The challenges we are facing with COVID-19 are not normal. We need to acknowledge that this is difficult for all of us. Supporting people to die well in this context is an enormous challenge but we can focus our attention on where we can make a difference to the experience of end of life care for each individual person and their family.

Infection prevention and control measures are vital at this time, but they are impacting on the delivery of end-of-life care.
It is important to acknowledge that some of the normal emotions we see in patients and family members experiencing end-of-life care – fear, anxiety, panic and uncertainty – may be amplified in the current situation. Similarly, staff members may also be feeling these too.

We have developed information, resources and advice for staff to support the provision of end-of-life care during this pandemic.

Our resources below are for staff working in hospitals, nursing homes, the community, primary care and residential care settings.

They are available below as links to PDF documents that can be printed and shared with colleagues.

Supporting the patient

Supporting the family

When Someone You Care About is Dying in Hospital: What to Expect

Self-care and supporting your colleagues

Useful links for Healthcare Workers

Care & Inform resources: 30 June 2020

Breaking Bad News: COVID-19

Our short animation gives five steps to help you deliver bad news.

Our extended video gives general advice and five steps to help you deliver bad news.

Our factsheet provides five steps that will help you deliver bad news.

Planning Ahead

Advance Care Planning for Health and Social Care Professionals

End-of-life Care Planning for Health and Social Care Workers


Support for staff. IHF position statement on EOLC during the COVID-19 pandemic


By Your Side: A selection of poetry, prose and prayers

In these times of continuing visitor restrictions and infection control measures, we hope our selection of poetry, prose and prayers will help healthcare staff to communicate with and bring comfort to patients who are alone at this time.

The following have been taken from Prayers, Reflections and Religious Requirements compiled by our Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme.

By Your Side: Poetry

By Your Side: Roman Catholic

By Your Side: Church of Ireland

By Your Side: Jewish 

By Your Side: Presbyterian 

By Your Side: Muslim

By Your Side: Buddhism

By Your Side: Hinduism

By Your Side: General Reflections


Please help Irish Hospice Foundation continue to support those facing end of life at this unprecedented time of need. Text IHF to 50300 to donate €4. Text costs €4. Irish Hospice Foundation will receive a minimum of €3.60.
Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278

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Advance Care Planning for Health and Social Care Professionals

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Useful Links

Health Information and Covid-19 Guidance for HSCPs Reliable and up to date information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Guidance for HSCPs caring for people with COVID-19 within the Irish Health Service. Department of Health HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland National Health Library and Knowledge Source European Centre for Disease Prevention and […] Read more >

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