‘New perspectives on loss and bereavement’ – Kilkenny bereavement support anniversary lecture

In celebration of their 21st anniversary Kilkenny bereavement support will host a talk by Dr Susan Delaney of the Irish Hospice Foundation entitled ‘New perspectives on loss and bereavement’ on Thursday September 16th.

The talk will take place in  Newpark hotel Kilkenny at 8 pm

This public lecture would be of particular interest to anyone working in a bereavement support capacity or with an interest in models of bereavement care.

Further details are available by contacting Kilkenny bereavement support on 056 776538 or on their website

Taking a lighter look at death

A new print and online magazine launched at the end of July is the latest venture aimed at making death less of a taboo.

Eulogy magazine is the first glossy lifestyle magazine to tackle the subject of death head on. The outlook is intended to be upbeat rather than morose and the aim is to get people talking about and celebrating life and death. Features will include personal stories of loss, approaches to mortality, funerals and coping with bereavement.  The first issue features articles on near death experiences in extreme sports and the Mexican day of the dead.

In a similar vein is the US focused Obit Magazine which also casts a cold eye on life and death and its features include a best send off strand documenting larger than life funerals as well as daily ‘died on this day’ updates. Obit has a strong arts and literature focus, illustrating the impact of mortality on creative output.

The Death reference desk blog equally aims to illuminate both the sublime and the ridiculous approaches to mortality with features on death in literature, memorials,  rituals and multicultural responses to death.

Irish views on death & dying

New research published in the current volume of the Journal of Medical Ethics (Vol 36) presents the findings of a survey aimed at examining the Irish public’s understanding of death and dying.

The national survey, funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation asked respondents to comment on a range of ethical issues in relation to death and dying including questions about their familiarity with terms like advance care directive, palliative sedation or artificial hydration as well as questions about their attitudes to death and dying, their preferences for treatment and decision making in event of terminal illness.

Responses indicate that there is a general lack of awareness of the terminology of end-of-life care, that most respondents expect honest communication in relation to terminal diagnoses and that a large degree of trust still exists in physicians ability to make the right end-of-life care decisions. Consistent with patient and family responses in the National audit of end-of-life care, the research indicates that for most people the quality of death is important.

Article abstract is available HERE and access to a full text copy is available via the Therese Brady Library