The Therese Brady Library will be closed up for the holiday period from; December 22 reopening on January 4th
Wishing you all a very happy festive season & peaceful New Year
For the bereaved the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time. The Irish Hospice Foundation’s series of bereavement leaflets includes a leaflet on ‘Coping with christmas when you are bereaved‘ which offers advice to people dealing with the effects of grief over the festive period. The leaflet also features suggested supportive reading including;
Miller, J (1993) How Will I Get Through The Holidays; 12 Ideas For Those Whose Loved One has Died
Noel, B (2003) Surviving Holidays, Birthdays And Anniversaries; A Guide For Grieving During Special Occasions
Smith, H (1999) A Decembered Grief; Living With Loss
While Others Are Celebrating
These titles are available to borrow from the Therese Brady Library or can be purchased via online book vendors.
You can also watch this short video in which Dr Susan Delaney, Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement services manager offers some words of advice to people concerned about facing christmas after bereavement
The Irish Hospice Foundation last week launched its new report Primary Palliative Care in Ireland: Identifying improvements in primary care to support the care of those in their last year of life”.
The report, a collaboration between the Irish Hospice Foundation, the HSE and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is the work of the Primary Palliative Care Steering Committee which was established in 2010 to embed palliative care in primary care settings.
Speaking at the launch of the report, chairperson of the Primary Palliative Care Steering Committee Dr Paul Gregan, acknowledged that with more than 90% of the last year of life spent at home, care for patients nearing the end of their lives is provided predominantly in a primary care environment. A recording of report author Marie Lynch, development manager with the Irish Hospice Foundation addressing the launch is available HERE
In order to identify supports and work towards a formal framework for primary palliative care the Primary Palliative Care (PPC) programme conducted a survey in ten HSE Local Health offices during 2010. Survey findings outlined in the report indicate areas for skills development, service development and education. Some of the key findings from respondents include;
Taking the survey findings on board the programme now moves into the implementation phase.
You can download the report in full HERE or obtain a hard copy by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6755975