What is Think Ahead?

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Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, your Think Ahead order may take slightly longer than usual to arrive. In the meantime, you can download and print the Think Ahead form here

The purpose of Think Ahead is to help members of the public talk about and record their preferences in the event of emergency, serious illness or death.

  • Think Ahead is an idea that came to life through feedback from people like you — people from all walks of life, all ages and all levels of health across the country.
  • The idea was communicated during a public consultation carried out by the Forum on End of Life in Ireland in 2009-2010.
  • Together, members of the public, emergency services, medical, legal and financial professionals recognised the importance of planning ahead to make sure that an individual’s right to make decisions for themselves is honoured. Input from all groups helped to produce the final version of the Think Ahead form. The form will guide your thoughts on planning for your end of life and protect those close to you from the additional stress from having to guess what you may have wanted.

Think Ahead is the flagship project of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, which was launched in March 2009 by President McAleese. Following a public consultation identifying  issues of concern to the public, an action plan was devised. Central to this is developing initiatives to help the public engage with end-of-life issues and plan their own responses. The Forum is guided by a National Council, chaired by Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness, and is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Disclaimer; The Think Ahead Form was created by the Irish Hospice Foundation in good faith for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. The information contained in this form may be time senstitive and is subject to change without notice due to changes in legislation. Every effort has been made to assure the correctness of all information contained in the form at the time of publication. As a result older versions of the form may be out of date. If in doubt contact The Irish Hospice Foundation or your solicitor for specific legal advice on a particular matter. If using the editable version of the Think Ahead form it should be first downloaded onto a personal device, saved and completed electronically. The Irish Hospice Foundation does not store any of the information that you enter on the form. It is your responsibility to store and safeguard this information. If you wish to ensure the section on advance healthcare directives is legally binding, it is necessary to print and physically sign the form.

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