Irish Stories of Loss and Hope is a collection of stories, art and poetry published the Irish Hospice Foundation in 2006. The idea was developed by Dr Susan Delaney and intended to be used as a resource for bereaved people.
A number of well-known poets and artists contributed to the book including Seamus Heaney, Brendan Kennelly, Rita Ann Higgins, Carol Ann Duffy and Fiona Looney.
This book is a collection of bereavement stories by Irish people; some of the authors’ names you will recognise, some will not be familiar to you. The stories are told through narratives, poems and art pieces and all are expressions of personal grieving. The writers share how they navigated their way through bereavement journey, the artists and poets demonstrate other ways of expressing the pain of loss.
We hope that in reading and learning about other people’s experiences you will feel less alone on your grief journey and that you will find understanding, comfort an hope within these pages.
“This book is a must for anyone who wants to understand grief. The stories tell the truth about bereavement with an honesty that is seldom recorded”.
Dr Matthew Farrelly, Co-ordinator of Social Work and Bereavement Services St Francis Hospice, Raheny
“In our hectic world, I have missed having the space to mourn and grieve the people I have loved. ‘Irish Stories of Loss and Hope’ provides that space”.
Deirdre Purcell, Author