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New Resources launched to inform and support during COVID-19

Posted on: March 20th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the traditional ways we mark our grief.

For the moment, it is not possible to come together and to gather in one location. It is not possible to have a large funeral. It may not be possible to receive the company of those who wish to offer condolences. However, we can support ourselves and each other in different ways.

Over the coming days and weeks, the Irish Hospice Foundation will be developing a suite of materials to inform, support and reassure people as we navigate these uncertain times and find new ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

We have published three resources so far, Grieving in Exceptional Times, Helping Children Grieve During COVID-19 Restrictions and Planning A Funeral in Exceptional Times. To find out more go here.

Monday 30 March 2020

Postgraduate courses: Apply now

Posted on: February 24th, 2020

We currently offer two part time postgraduate courses in Bereavement and Loss.
Our courses are delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and aimed at professionals whose work brings them into contact with bereavement and loss.

Rosabel’s Rooms- In partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: February 24th, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Rosabel’s Rooms was established by parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe in memory of their beloved daughter Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged sixteen months.

Rosabel’s Rooms in collaboration with The Irish Hospice Foundation, was launched on the 5th January 2018, on what would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday.
The project is developing the following activities:
  1. Through the Design & Dignity Programme at the Irish Hospice Foundation, this project is facilitating the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland, which will provide comfort and dignity for families following the loss of a loved one.
  1. The Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal fund is providing direct financial support to families, when a child dies in Ireland. The Fund is helping bereaved parents and families to take time off work, pay for funeral costs etc.
  1. Over the coming paths, this project will work to ensure required therapeutic supports are made available for individuals impacted by child loss.
Sharon Foley CEO of the IHF says: “We hope this partnership with Rosabel’s Rooms will give families sanctuary to be together in private at extremely difficult times. The essence of Design & Dignity is to convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.”
For more information, email: rosabelsrooms@gmail.com or click here
For upcoming events, click here  To donate to Rosabel’s Rooms, click here

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund: Apply now

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund is providing financial support as an immediate response to the loss of a child. Click here for more information and eligibility. 
Design & Dignity is part of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme is an IHF initiative to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms, inpatient suites and maternity bereavement suites and upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments. For more information, click here
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HFH Quality Improvement Awards 2020: Apply now!

Posted on: February 17th, 2020

 

The Irish Hospice Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Quality Improvement Awards for 2020.

What are the HFHQI Awards?

The Award is a financial support for HSE/Voluntary Acute Hospitals that are engaging with the HFH programme. The Awards will support the continual quality improvement approach to end-of-life care (EOLC) and help your hospital towards implementation of the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals.

For the HFH QI 2020 Award Pack and further details, click here.

 

Call for applications: The Economics of Bereavement

Posted on: February 17th, 2020

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), as part of its programme of research, invites applications to carry out an exploratory investigation of the economics of bereavement in Ireland.

The research is supported by a grant from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).

For more details including the full tender document, click here.

 

 

We support Hooves4Hospice: A Midland Hospice Building Fund

Posted on: February 16th, 2020

Our CEO Sharon Foley speaking at the launch of the new fundraising campaign, Hooves 4 Hospice, in Mullingar recently.

The Irish Hospice Foundation is backing the Hooves4Hospice campaign which is helping raise funds to build a Level 3 Hospice to provide specialist end-of-life care and support for people in the Midlands.

The ambitious fundraising project, which was launched by Tullamore Lions Club last week and has the support of other Lions Clubs and the Irish Hospice Foundation, involves recruiting a large number of farmers willing to rear a young animal, has the potential to raise a sizeable sum of money for a much-needed Midlands Hospice.

Our CEO Sharon Foley was one of the guest speakers at the launch in Mullingar. She said:

“People in the Midlands are at a disadvantage when it comes to hospice and palliative care services compared to those in other parts of the country.  On the one hand there is excellent palliative homecare available, while on the other there is no regional specialist palliative care unit (often called regional hospice) in the Midlands.  This means patients and their families are being denied the full range of services that come with a Level 3 hospice.  As research has shown investment per person on specialist palliative care for people in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath is a fraction of that spent elsewhere. More worryingly patients have no choice in their place of care at end of life and have to rely on acute hospitals. In the Midlands, 36% of cancer patients who die, die in an acute hospital compared to 25% in the Mid-West. The excellent homecare teams need the support of specialist colleagues in regional hospices so as to be able to offer the best care to patients at end of life.  All other areas have developed, or have plans to develop, inpatient units for their populations. 

The Minister for Health told us this week that the current model of funding for capital development of hospice will remain.  That is that the local community or hospice groups fund the capital costs of building a hospice and the Department of Health will commit to pay all of the – much more substantial – revenue costs of running the hospice.  Now is the time to act to secure the future of hospice and palliative care and its further development in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.”

To find out more and to support the Hooves4Hospice campaign, go here. 

Living with Grief Event in Dublin in February

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020

 

The Irish Hospice Foundation is part of The Dublin Northside Bereavement Network which will host its first ever ‘Living with Grief’ event in North Dublin on Thursday 6 February, 7.30pm.

The free event for the public, which takes place at the The Clasac (Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf) will provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people in the North Dublin.   

The event is for people bereaved through any circumstance – through illness or sudden death; who may have lost a partner, parent, child, friend or sibling. 

Guest speaker Niamh Fitzpatrick (psychologist) will share her own grieving experience after the sudden death of her sister, Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick, during an Irish Coast Guard Rescue operation in 2017.

The event will begin at 7.30pm and run until 9.30pm. For more details about the event, click here

A&E Viewing Room transformed at Tallaght University Hospital

Posted on: January 31st, 2019

 

A&E Viewing Room transformed at Tallaght University Hospital

The newly transformed viewing room in the Emergency Department at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) has been officially opened.
Funded through the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) and HSE’s Design & Dignity programme, the viewing room forms part of the Rosheen Suite, which also includes two refurbished family rooms supported through funding from the Adelaide Health Foundation.
As part of TUH’s commitment to the IHF’s Hospice Friendly Hospital programme, the Emergency Department Viewing room was redesigned and in 2016, following a successful submission to the IHF and HSE, Tallaght University Hospital was awarded a Design & Dignity grant.
The Rosheen suite comprises of two family rooms and a viewing room to care for relatives of deceased patients and/or critically ill patients. The viewing room provides a non-clinical space for families to be together, away from the busy emergency department. It is a quiet and peaceful room, centred round a beautiful piece of stained glass artwork created by artist Peter Young. The piece depicts a scene from the nearby Wicklow Mountains and is entitled ‘Nadur’.
Speaking at the opening, a member of the Emergency Department Staff said: “The environment is much better. It is now a peaceful and dignified space that I am proud to use. Before, it was so distressful using the room with no decent chairs for families to sit on.”
The TUH project team consisted of Ciaran Faughnan, TUH Executive Team and Director of Estates and Facilities, architect Ronan Rose Roberts, artist Peter Young, Yvonne Connaughton, Brendan Malone, ED staff and Ann Hickey End-of-Life Care Co-ordinator.
Mary Lovegrove, Design & Dignity Project Manager:  “Design & Dignity brings design excellence to hospitals where so many people spend their last days.  We’re aiming to create sanctuaries for patients and families at a very distressing time, and allow them the proper space and privacy they need. Thanks to the leadership and support of the HSE we have funded over 40 hospitals projects across Ireland to date”.
Hospitals can be very unhospitable places for newly-bereaved families. The IHF and HSE has funded over 40 hospital projects through Design & Dignity – including mortuary refurbishments and family rooms – to ensure dignity and privacy at this most difficult time. For more info: https://bit.ly/2R2ZqQx
The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only charity dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. 80 people die in Ireland every day and the IHF believes everyone has the right to be cared for and to die with dignity and respect in the care setting of their choice. Our mission is to strive for the best end-of-life and bereavement care, for all. The IHF campaigns to make excellence in hospice practices, bereavement and end-of-life care a national priority and to stimulate the conversation about dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. The IHF receives core funding from Pobal from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019. 

New Year, New Challenge!

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019

JOIN US ON OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY CYCLE ACROSS NORTHERN SPAIN!

Looking for a new challenge in 2019?
Why not get on your bike and pedal your from Santander to Santiago in aid of our Nurses for Night Care service this June.
Our Cycle Ambassador Paul Kimmage is also returning for our biggest annual event of the year.
Don’t miss the challenge of a lifetime where you’ll be taking the magnificent land and seascape of Northern Spain while supporting those nearing the end of life who wish to spend their final days at home.
For more info & how to register, please click here.
** To avail of the Early Bird Discount, make sure you sign up before 31 January 2019

Niamh Fitzpatrick ¦ Grief from the Inside Out

Posted on: December 5th, 2018

Our annual Living with Loss evening was held on 1st November. It aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.
Our guest speaker on this occasion was psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick. She spoke about her own grief journey following the death of her sister Captain Dara Fitzpatrick in 2017. She has kindly shared some advice if you, or someone you know, is grieving. Read more here.