The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is asking you to support those facing death, dying & bereavement across Ireland this Christmas by donating to its Never Forgotten Appeal.
Every year, over 30,000 people in Ireland die and it’s estimated at least ten people can be bereaved by each death. This means over 300,000 people may experience the pain of loss this Christmas.
The IHF is dedicated to working with those at end of life and the bereaved. Our mission, delivered through our 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 someone they love who has died this Christmas and support the vital work of the IHF as they help those nearing death and experiencing bereavement.
Each donation also allows people to compose a personal message in memory of their someone special which is then handwritten into the 2020 Book of Remembrance which will then be proudly displayed in the Irish Hospice Foundation library. People can donate online at www.neverforgotten.ie.
IHF CEO, Sharon Foley commented: “Nothing can prepare us for the death of a loved one. Christmas, with all those memories, can be especially raw. But, it’s through memories that we carry our loved ones with us forever.”
“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way 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 our work which provides better care and support for those facing dying, death and bereavement all over Ireland.”
The IHF relies heavily on public donations to fund our services. Our work includes:
- Funding Nurses for Night Care for those with illnesses other than cancer, so they can die at home (20% increase in demand for this service in 2019)
- Supporting 40+ acute hospitals nationwide to improve end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care (Almost 50% of deaths each year occur in Irish hospitals)
- Supporting 50+ nursing homes and residential care centres nationwide to improve end-of-life through the Compassionate End of Life (CEOL) Programme (Almost 17% of deaths each year occur in nursing homes).
- Encouraging Irish people to prepare for death through Think Ahead (85,000+ Think Ahead forms in circulation)
- 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 this Christmas.