Ireland is in the grip of a pandemic unprecedented in living memory. Its effects are immediate and apparent. The necessary national response has been urgent and universal, affecting all aspects of our lives – personal, familial, social, psychological and economic.
Issues related to dying, death, care, loss and grief have been brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 crisis. They continue to challenge how we, as a nation, confront and deal with dying, death and bereavement.
Since March 2020, nearly 20,000 people have died with over 2,000 COVID-19 related. Normal processes for grief and bereavement have been disrupted. As a national leader in the development of bereavement care that we need to remember these people and as a nation grieve.
We are working through partnerships to develop a programme that will:
- harness the power of the arts, cultural and creative responses to contribute to healing and remembrance.
- enable a sensitive period of national healing with open discussion of previously taboo subjects .
- provide space as a country for active collective remembrance, reflection and renewal where individuals and communities might come together toward a national recovery.
- frame the narrative surrounding dying, death, loss, and grief to help inform future policy.
Our contribution to this collaborative process of Remembrance, Reflection and Renewal is evolving with the pandemic.
If you or your organisation has interest or might like to contribute please contact [email protected]