Reason’s to be cheerful – Irish Hospice Foundation launch the Thank You book

The Thank You Book available now

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.’ Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s new project is hoping to get us spreading the love, or at least the thanks. The Thank you book which launched yesterday is part of the Thank you project which will build up to a Thank You day on Nov 25th…more about the project HERE

The Thank You book is a gratitude journal, a place to reflect and record the things you are thankful for.  Reflections of thanks from a host of the great and the good are peppered through the pages and feature on a range of accompanying thank you cards  – view the card gallery HERE

As Roisin Ingle’s (who edited the book) introduction addresses, this could sound ‘cheesier than a wheel of brie’ but there is a bedrock of scientific research which illustrates the mental health benefits of adopting a perspective of gratitude. Robert Emmons & Michael Mc Culloch’s 2003 article Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life in the Journal of personality & social psychology (Vol. 84 Is 2 pp 377-389) indicated heightened mental and physical well being in subjects practicing gratitude listing. Algoe, Gable & Maisel in the June issue of the Journal of personal relationships (2010, Vol 17, Is 2, pp 217-233) even point to gratitude as ‘a booster shot for romantic relationships’

The benefits of reflecting on giving thanks feed into resilience theory, our  capacity to absorb the entire palette of emotional experience. A holistic approach, of embracing the light, the shade and the dark which is reflected in the hospice philosophy.

There are all manner of reasons this book will make you smile. The intimate little insights of the messages of thanks in its pages reflect on the subtle things which make all the difference like Christy Moore’s ‘That day when you stopped and asked ‘how are you’ it meant everything, thank you‘. Most poignant and charming are some of the submissions from the public, messages to husbands, wives and children, to pets and to care givers …for random acts of kindness and for the simplest of things, like the message from Neil Kelly, age 5 from Knocklyon  ‘Thank you, for making me a kid

And if you’re in need of additional reasons to be cheerful ...the book makes an excellent present – so that’s christmas sorted.

For more on the Thank you project go to or follow @ThankyouDay on twitter 

Irish Hospice Foundation on World Hospice & Palliative Care day


October 9th 2010

The Irish Hospice Foundation marked World Hospice & Palliative Care day by highlighting the need for equality in the provision of hospice & palliative care.


In a statement, Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Eugene Murray addressed the need for hospice & palliative care to be available to all who need it, regardless of their location or illness. The Irish Hospice Foundation’s palliative care for all programme has made positive steps in promoting palliative care for people with non malignant life limiting illnesses.

Recent developments like the Programme for children’s palliative care, the Quality standards for End-of-Life care in Hospitals and the National Audit of End-of-life care in hospitals as well as the release this week of the new Ethical framework for End-of-life care mean that there is much to be celebrated this World Hospice & Palliative care day.

Hospice & palliative care organisations across the world will be taking stock of developments and taking the opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the need for continued support for hospice & palliative care initiatives. More details about World Hospice & Palliative care day events and activities are available HERE

World hospice & palliative care day 2010


October 9th 2010

This Saturday October 9th is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. This annual event aims to ‘celebrate & support’ hospice and palliative care, highlighting the continued importance of appropriate care and support at the end of life. Events and activities will take place internationally to raise awareness of hospice and palliative needs and to fundraise for new developments.

This year’s theme is  ‘Sharing the care’ .  This theme emphasizes the partnerships and collaborative processes inherent to hospice and palliative care; from family members and health professionals  to government bodies and policy administrators.

The World Hospice & Palliative Care website features resources and details of events and initiatives taking place around the world. The REPORTS section of the site provides access to a number of useful publications including ‘Suffering at end of life; the state of the world‘ ‘Access to pain relief; an essential human right‘ and the UK report on palliative care for all’. There are also messages of support from Mary Robinson, Gabriel Byrne and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among other palliative care advocates.

Among the international events to mark the day Our Lady’s Hospice & Palliative care services, Blackrock will host an event titled ‘Sharing the care in the community‘, and will be compiling a book of reflections.  Further details of this event are available HERE

Have a look at the website and take the opportunity to reflect on the role of hospice and palliative care locally and internationally.