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We aim to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life in Ireland.


Striving for better end-of-life care

Our programmes aim to fulfill this ideal, we do this by addressing critical matters relating to dying, death and bereavement.

  • We seek to support the work of those directly providing end-of-life and bereavement care
  • We identify areas of need and pioneer new initiatives
  • We work to ensure all care at the end of life in Ireland is defined by the hospice approach
  • We work to make services are equally accessible to everyone

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Public Awareness

Public Awareness programmes We aim to raise public awareness about issues related to dying, death, loss and care. We do this through two key nationwide programmes. Think Ahead, which guides people to discuss and record their care preferences in the event of an accident, serious illness or death. Recording their wishes can help relatives or […] Read more >

Children’s Palliative Care

It is estimated 3,800 children In Ireland have life-limiting illness in Ireland. Some 350 of these children die each year, most of them in the first year of life. No definitive official figures for childhood bereavement exist, but it is estimated that between 36,000 and 60,000 children in Ireland may have experienced a significant bereavement.   […] Read more >

Advocacy & Communications

Raising Awareness We communicate with the public is a range of ways from working with the media to publishing documents and information leaflets and organising public events to impart information or listen to the views of the public. Influencing Policy We also communicate and advocate to bring about change for the better for our most vulnerable citizens.  […] Read more >

Advance Care Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives

What is an advance healthcare directive? An advance healthcare directive informs family, friends and doctors of your wishes for your treatment in the event you can no longer communicate them yourself. It’s a legally binding document where you write down what healthcare treatments you wouldn’t like in the future. The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Think Ahead […] Read more >

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