Discourse on death & dying in nursing homes

Research published in the current issue of ‘Aging & Society‘  examines the approach to death & dying in nursing homes based on focus group sessions with staff.
Findings indicate that even in this environment where death is commonplace, open discussion about death & dying was not forthcoming. Evidence of death avoidance was indicated, illustrating the potential for additional knowledge and training inputs to support nursing home staff in facilitating open end-of-life discussion.
Full details of the article below
A discourse of silence: professional carers reasoning about death and dying in nursing homes

Ageing and Society, FirstView Articles


Access to the Thérèse Brady Library – Friday Jan 14th

The  Thérèse Brady Library will be in use for tutorial groups from 9.30 until 5 on Friday January 14th so will not be accessible to other users during this time.

Library members can email laura.rooneyferris@hospice-foundation.ie if they have specific items they may need to access during this time otherwise the library will be fully accessible again on Monday the 17th.

If you are not a library member and are interested in access to the Thérèse Brady Library collection, details of our membership scheme and our public access are available HERE


Happy New Year – Some conference dates for 2011

As this is the first blog post of 2011 – best wishes for the New Year to all!

The year ahead is already shaping up to be jam-packed with dates for your calendar.

So to help you get planning, here are just a few upcoming conferences, seminars and training courses you might want to investigate in the coming months;

The full programme of training events scheduled at St Christopher’s Hospice Education centre can be downloaded HERE

Closer to home the Irish Hospice Foundations bereavement workshop programme for 2011 begins on;

  • January 20th with an overview of loss and bereavement

This is an introductory workshop providing insight into the bereavement journey and examining current theoretical practice and models of grief and loss. The full programme of Irish Hospice Foundation bereavement workshops can be downloaded HERE

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s ‘Grief at work’ lunchtime seminar’s begin on

  • February 1st and run through until March 15th – details of the full programme are available HERE

This years IAPC seminar includes a wide range of research presentations on topics including; Bereavement support for patients with intellectual disability, End-of-life care information and discussing death & dying with dementia patients and their families.

This National Council for Palliative Care conference spotlights the increasing importance of policies to support 24 hour care for patients at end of life

Details of further conferences and dates of interest will be posted over the coming months so stay tuned.