Bank holiday – August 4th

The Therese Brady Library will be closed for the bank holiday on

Monday August 4th

It will re-open on Tuesday August 3rd at 9 am

Members of the public wishing to visit the library are reminded to contact the library on 01 6793188 or by emailing  prior to visiting.

Irish Hospice Foundation/RCSI Certificate in Children & loss

The Irish Hospice Foundation is now accepting applications for the October intake of its Certificate  in Children and loss. The certificate which runs from October 2010 to April 2011 is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. Classes which are held in the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Nassau street offices take place on the last Friday of each month with some Thursdays also timetabled (see the course schedule HERE for a list of attendance dates)

The course aims to equip participants with a practical, experiential and theoretical framework for  working with children facing bereavement and loss. Course content includes;

  • Child development theory & loss theory
  • children’s grief in the family context
  • Younger children & adolescents and loss
  • Parental separation & loss
  • Therapeutic interventions with young children
  • Group work with children
  • Working with children experiencing traumatic loss
  • Using creative arts

The course would be of relevance to individuals working in child support both in a professional and non-professional capacity and past pupils have included teachers, social workers, psychologists and nursing professionals. The certificate is approved for 12 CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland and an Bord Altranis.

Further details and application forms can be found HERE or by contacting

Helping GPs respond to bereaved patients

GP’s are often the first line of support for people following a bereavement.

How can doctors best respond to patients following a bereavement or support patients presenting with physical or mental health problems in the aftermath of a loss?

These questions are addressed by Dr Susan Delaney, bereavement services manager at the Irish Hospice Foundation in two pieces featured in the Irish Medical Times.

Part one ‘What to do when patients die’ highlights the important role GPs can play in ensuring the bereaved receive appropriate support. It refers to the emotional impact of bereavement on GPs themselves and looks to the bereavement protocol established by Dr Gertrude Ronan as a positive way forward in responding to bereavement issues in a primary care setting.

Part two, ‘A guide to bereavement care‘ which appears in today’s Irish Medical Times examines the personal nature of the grief journey reflecting on current accepted models of bereavement, like the dual process model postulated by Stroebe & Stroebe.  This second part aims to acquaint doctors with the varying levels of bereavement support and the range of services available to patients at different points in their bereavement and some useful services and resources are highlighted.

Illness, crisis & loss – now available through the Therese Brady Library

The Therese Brady Library now subscribes to the journal Illness, crisis & loss in electronic format. Coverage ranges    back to Volume 7  Number 9, 1999 .

Illness, crisis & loss is published by Baywood, the publishers of Omega; the journal of death and dying and the title is a  resource for exploration of the psychosocial and ethical issues related to terminal and life limiting illness, human crises and trauma as well as bereavement, loss and palliative care. The scope of topic coverage makes it a useful source for  professionals and researchers in the areas of bereavement, counselling, therapy, social work, medical care or support services for those in crisis.

Username and passwords for access are available from the library for Irish Hospice Foundation staff and students.

Economist Intelligence Unit – Ranking of end-of-life care worldwide

A new report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Lien Foundation presents the findings of a global investigation into the quality of end-of-life care.

Using a ‘quality of death’ index nations have been ranked in relation to their end-of-life care provision with nations where palliative care has been integrated into the national healthcare agenda rating highest. The UK tops the ranking overall with Australia and New Zealand filling the number two and three positions. Ireland rates favourably, taking the number four position in overall ranking and number five for quality of death. Ireland is also noted among the nations with the highest levels of public debate about end of life care.

Among other relevant findings are the relationship between openness in communicating about death and the overall quality of palliative care. The economic benefits of an integrated approach to end-of-life care is also highlighted.

The full report can be downloaded HERE and further details of the Quality of Death Index can be found HERE