Healing reading for the bereaved – Bereavement Bibliotherapy booklet launch update

Information & Library manager Laura Rooney Ferris at the launch of the bereavement bibliotherapy booklet March 9th

The Therese Brady Library launched a Bereavement Bibliotherapy Booklet on March 9th during Library Ireland week. A very big thank you goes out to everyone who came along on the night to find out more about the Library’s collection and services. It was great to see representatives from both the library and the bereavement support community.

The booklet, which brings together lists of suggested titles and online resources around specific types of bereavement can be obtained in hard copy by contacting laura.rooneyferris@hospice-foundation.ie or can be downloaded from the Irish Hospice Foundation website (under bereavement/getting help) or by clicking HERE

Further details on the aims of booklet can be found in the feature Healing reading for bereaved people in the current edition of Irish Library News.

Creative arts in bereavement – Newstalk Podcast

There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in…” Anthem, Leonard Cohen

As part of the ‘Why we write’ series Newstalk broadcast THIS feature, on March 27th focusing on creative arts therapy and it’s potential benefits in bereavement and at the end of life.

The documentary features interviews with Irish Hospice Foundation bereavement services manager Dr Susan Delaney, Training Officer Breffni Mc Guinness and communications manager Paul Murray which offer an insight into the work and philosophy of the Irish Hospice Foundation and an examination of the therapeutic power of creative arts and literature as a means of coming to terms with grief and loss.

The Irish Hospice Foundation offers workshops on creative arts therapies as part of its workshop programme –  further details of up coming workshops, including drama therapy, creative writing and art therapy can be found HERE

National policy on childrens Palliative care launched

Left to right - Eugene Murray CEO Irish Hospice Foundation, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Principle officer DOHC & Barry Andrews TD, Minister of state for children

The first national policy on palliative care for Children was launched by Minister of state for Children and youth affairs Barry Andrews TD at Leinster House on Wednesday (March 24th).

The publication ‘Palliative care for children with life limiting conditions – a national policy’ outlines a national strategy for paediatric palliative care in Ireland. The policy, developed following the joint Irish Hospice Foundation and Department of Health and Children (DOHC) 2005 study ‘Palliative care needs assessment for children’ outlines an initial investment of over 2.5 million by the Irish Hospice Foundation over the next five years for the employment of Ireland’s first paediatric palliative care consultant and five out reach nurses. A further three nurses will be employed by the HSE during phase one. Speaking at the launch Minister Andrews acknowledged the contribution of the Irish Hospice Foundation in getting the policy off the ground adding that  ‘It is very encouraging to see developments such as this, particularly in palliative care services, where we have a solid bond between the statutory and voluntary sectors’ .

The full policy can be downloaded from the DOHC website HERE   and further details of the Irish Hospice Foundations investment in the project can be found HERE  

Dying Matters Week UK

This week the UK Dying Matters Coalition will be encouraging people to get vocal about death & dying issues during their dying matters awareness week.

Dying matters is a coalition set up through the UK National Council for Palliative Care which aims to raise awareness,  bring about greater public knowledge and encourage dialogue on death and dying.   

The events during awareness week aim to get the subject of death and dying out into  the public space and encourage people to think about and start communicating their feelings about death, dying and bereavement. The coalition believes that death should not be a conversation killer and that discussing final wishes  and planning for the end empowers the dying and helps those left behind cope with bereavement. Further details of dying matters awareness week can be found HERE  as can a short film depicting the benefit of open communication about death.

Social Science Index & Health Business Index – Databases on trial

SocIndex & Health Business Full Text via EBSCO

Between now and April 9th the library has access to both Social Science Index with full text and Health Business full text on trial.

SocIndex with full text is an extensive sociology research database containing over 700 full text academic journals, more than 13,000 conference papers and proceedings and over 800 ebooks. Its coverage ranges from social psychology, research methods, gender studies, gerontology and social anthropology. Full details of title holdings can be found HERE  – Some titles of particular relevance are; Age & Aging – British Journal of Clinical Psychology – British Medical Journal – Clinical psychology & psychotherapy –  American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine –  Health Policy – Journal of  social work in end of life and palliative care.

Health Business Full Text covers over 130 full text titles in health management and administration as well as healthcare economics, personnel and marketing. A full list of titles is available HERE . Publications of note include; Harvard Business Review –  Behavioural Healthcare – Death Studies –  Total Quality Management

Access to these databases on site is cc via IP recognition but a username & password for off site access is available to external staff, researchers and students email laura.rooneyferris@hospice-foundation.ie  if you have not already received it.

Resource of the day

‘Theres an app for that’ is the theme of today’s resources so here are a few iphone apps for palliative care and general medical information

Pallimed blog App – Pallimed is a palliative care and end-of-life focused blog detailing research publications, news and current practice. All of this can be delivered to your phone with this app.

PubMed App  – PubMed content direct to your iphone.

Skyscape Medical Resources app – Medical resources and calculators