Dying, Death and Bereavement are Everyone’s Business
- Irish Hospice Foundation calls for an investment of €2.4 million in Budget 2022 in Dying, Death and Bereavement
- We must provide support for a nation that has been profoundly changed by COVID-19
Irish Hospice Foundation says the Government needs to invest now to address the key needs of those facing dying, death and bereavement in the wake of COVID-19.
Key priorities for Budget 2022
- Support people to die well at home, if that is their wish and is possible – €500,000
- Fund improvements in the delivery of person-centred palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care in residential care settings – €1.5 million
- Investment in bereavement community supports – €250,000
- Support people to plan for their care at end of life – €150,000
As the country’s only charity dedicated to dying, death and bereavement IHF is calling on the Government to invest in healthcare infrastructure and adequately support end-of-life and bereavement services.
Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley said:
“As a nation we have been profoundly changed by COVID-19. As individuals, families, communities, and as a nation, we are all still coming to terms with many forms of grief, over a year and a half on from the outbreak of COVID-19. At IHF, we are seeing just how difficult it continues to be for people experiencing dying, death and bereavement. Never before will the investment we are calling for be more needed. We remain committed and ready to work in partnership with Government and others to encourage, support and enable innovation and excellence in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care.”
The CSO estimates annual deaths in the Ireland will increase to 38,000 by 2030 with 3.8m people bereaved. Investment in the priorities highlighted in IHF’s Pre-Budget Submission will support improvements in palliative and end-of-life care which is a commitment of Government policy.
Read the complete Pre-Budget Submission 2022