A little bit of Thanksgiving; Irish Style. Happy Thank You day!

Today marks Ireland’s first national Thank You Day – an initiative by the Irish Hospice Foundation to encourage people to reflect on the positive things in their lives and the people they are thankful for.  More about the Thank you project HERE.
Ok, so to state the glaringly obvious, it’s not exactly been the best week for the nation and the collective mood is far from buoyant. But in Emerson’s words ‘When it is dark enough, you can see the stars‘ and away from the tailspin of  the bailout, the 4 year plan and bondwatch the Irish Hospice Foundation’s recent Thank You day survey finds that people still have many influences they want to give thanks for. The Irish Mammy tops the polls with most respondents wanting to think her ‘for always being there’.
National Thank You day hopes to get people to take time out to reflect on the people, the influences the random things they are thankful for, everything from family to a beautiful sunset.
So, why not take a moment today to send a card to someone you want to thank, you can send an e-card from the Thank you day project site HERE.
Or, in the spirit of the initiativehave a look at  THIS list of the good things about Ireland from last weeks Irish Times to get you started.
Happy Thank you day!

Westmeath library services bereavement talks

Westmeath County Library Service in cooperation with the HSE and the Irish Hospice Foundation will spotlight bereavement support in a series of talks during November and December.

Maria Costello, Bereavement care liaison officer for the midlands will talk about ‘Helping hands on the journey through bereavement‘ in Mullingar Library on Thursday Nov 18th at 7 pm. The talk aims to acquaint people with the supports and resources available following bereavement and how to access these.

Athlone library will host ‘Talking about bereavement’, with Rita Kelly SRN on Wednesday December 1st

For more details on these talks contact Athlone library on 090 6442157 or Westmeath Library on 044 9332161

Further information on level 1 bereavement support, including the Irish Hospice Foundation bereavement leaflets and resources is also available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE



Bereavement workshops – 2011 Brochure now available

The brochure for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement workshop schedule for 2011 is now available. The workshop programme begins on January 20th and runs until June 30th and is aimed at professionals or volunteers working with bereaved people.  Workshops qualify for post registration category 1 approval from An Bord Altranais

Topics new to the schedule for 2011 include; Schools & loss and Communicating in difficult circumstances for non-clinical staff.

Full details and descriptions of all featured workshops and booking details are available in the Brochure