Coping with christmas following a bereavement

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


Primary Palliative Care in Ireland – New report launched

Author of the report, Marie Lynch; Development manager Irish Hospice Foundation (L) pictured with Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley

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;

  •  A desire for enhanced communication skills for interacting with patients and families at end-of-life
  • Development of patient information transfer systems
  • Improvement of out of hours services
  • Training in end-of-life care

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