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There may be a delay in dispatching your order due to the high levels of staff working from home following advice given by the government on Thursday 12th March 2020 regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.  Thank you for bearing with us at this difficult time we will attend to your order as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime, you can download a Think Ahead form here free of charge.


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 carers know their preferences if they are unable to speak for themselves.  If you would like to order a physical copy of Think Ahead please click here
  •  Forum on End-of-Life in Ireland. The Forum is an initiative aimed at awareness-raising, planning and promoting public debate on issues relating to death, dying and bereavement in Ireland. In 2009 they engaged with the public on end-of-life issues to find out what people in Ireland believe and want in relation to dying, death and bereavement.


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Forum On End Of Life 2019

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED NOW WITH AN EXTENSIVE WAITING LIST SO WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING NAMES FOR THE WAITING LIST.  DYING IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS When: Thursday 24th October 2019 Where: Dublin Castle, Hibernia Conference Centre ** Please note: Agenda may be subject to change   We have drawn our speakers and participants from […] Read more >

Forum 2015 Videos – Conversations on death, dying and end-of-life

Dr. Katherine Sleeman, Lecturer in Palliative Care Medicine, Kings College London Dr Sleeman talks about what a ‘good death’ is, where and how do people die in the 21st century,  if we can change how people die and reduce inequality in hospice provision and talking about dying and planning ahead. Dr Ciara Kelly General Practitioner […] Read more >

Advance Healthcare Directives

Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was passed by the Oireachtas in December, 2015. This Act applies to everyone and has relevance for all health and social care services. This legislation enables an adult with capacity to make a legally binding Advance Healthcare Directive and refuse any form […] Read more >

Presentations from Forum on End of Life 2015

Dr. Brendan O’Shea Presentation    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________     Dr. Katherine Sleeman Presentation  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________       Bryan Nolan Presentation   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________   Dr. Niamh Collins Presentation   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________   Dr. Susan Delaney Presentation   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Aine McCambridge and Patricia Rickard Clarke Presentation      ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Read more >

Forum on End-of-life – About

In 2009, the Irish Hospice Foundation launched the Forum on End-of-Life in Ireland. This started with a year-long listening exercise aimed at gathering people’s views and opening dialogue on a very broad range of issues, through public meetings, workshops, presentations and invitations for submissions. This ‘national conversation’ on dying, death and bereavement involved: Over 167 […] Read more >

Think Ahead – Planning for dying, death and care

****Important notice***** Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it may take slightly longer for you to receive you Think Ahead form order. In the meantime, you can download and print the Think Ahead form here Think Ahead is an Irish Hospice Foundation programme. It provides a guide to members of the public to help you […] Read more >

Forum on end-of-life conference 2017

Forum 2017 – Have Your Say: Your Life, Your Death, Your Say When : Tuesday 10th October 2017 Where: Dublin Castle Conference Centre The fifth national Forum on end-of-life conference will take place on October 10th in Dublin Castle Conference Centre. You can book your place online HERE or download a booking form HERE Charter For End-of-Life in […] Read more >

Forum Conferences (2009 – 2015)

Forum 2015 – Dying to Talk: Conversations on End of Life in Ireland Forum 2015 took place in Dublin Castle in September 2015. Dr. Katherine Sleeman of Kings College London delivered the keynote presentation and Mick Heaney delivered the Mary Holland Commemorative Lecture. There also featured a Death Café during which people could discuss death […] Read more >

Forum on End-of-Life in Ireland – History

Timeline 2008 • October – announcement that Forum on End-of-Life in Ireland was being set up 2009 • 9th January – call for submissions to the Forum • 20th February – deadline for written submissions to the Forum • 11th March – Inaugural session of the Forum on End-of-Life in Ireland at the Royal Hospital […] Read more >

Forum on end-of-life – Meet our people

Members of the Forum on End-of-life Advisory Group Dr Ciaran Browne Dr. Brian Farrell Sharon Foley Ita Mangan Una Marren Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness Gus Nichols Sean O’Laoire Patricia Rickard-Clarke Professor David Smith Senan Turnbull Professor Max Watson Dr Ciaran Browne HSE National Lead of Acute Services HSE   Dr. Brian Farrell Dr. Brian Farrell […] Read more >

Forum on End of Life – Publications and Reports

Forum Publications: Action Plan: 2013 – 2015 Action Plan: 2009 Perspectives on End of Life: Report of the Forum 2009 The Funeral Industry in Ireland: The Case for reform and regulation. April 2011 View all IHF publications and reports >>>  Read more >

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