“As a parent whose child has died, I believe that one of my greatest fears is that, with time, our child will be forgotten.” Stephanie.
“I wished we could have talked with my dad about his death. He knew he was dying. We knew he was dying, but it went unspoken between us.” Susie.
Have Your Say and Inform ‘Irish Charter on Dying, Death and Bereavement 2016’
More than 2,200 people throughout Ireland have shared their experiences of dying, death and bereavement online as part of our #HaveYourSayIrl campaign.
And more opinions and personal stories are being welcomed to help us create the ‘Charter for Dying, Death and Bereavement in Ireland 2016’ – the first ever charter of its type in Ireland to be published in 2017.
Members of the public are invited to reflect about what is important to them at end of life by completing this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/haveyoursayirl. People are also joining the #haveyoursayirl movement or have attended four recent Death Café Conversations in Cork, Mullingar and Dublin.
IHF chief executive officer Sharon Foley said: “We are asking people to remember and reflect on their own experiences of dying, death and bereavement and re-imagine what it might take to facilitate a good death.
“For all of us there will come a time when we’ll 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. We are pleased to be leading such an important public discussion.”
The IHF campaign opened mid-September and will conclude at the end of November.
We are partnered with Limerick Compassionate Communities in this project; and working with the support of Dublin City, Fingal and South County Dublin County Councils.