The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) was launched yesterday (July 24th) by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.
The network, inspired by the UK’s Childhood Bereavement Network (cbn) aims to act as a hub for professionals and organisations working to support bereaved children and young people.
The establishment of the network follows a scoping study commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded by the Family Support Agency, conducted by Dr Kathy Mc Loughlin. The study found that while good services for bereaved children exist there are geographic gaps to be met and that professionals working in children’s bereavement support would benefit from the facility to share knowledge and information.
Professionals interested in joining the ICBN are invited to subscribe to the ICBN blog HERE for updates and developments
For further background on the network you can listen to an interview with Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Services Manager Dr Susan Delaney HERE
How do you achieve a good death in an acute hospital setting ?
Although most people want to spend their last days in their own home almost half (48%) of all deaths in Ireland occur in an acute hospital setting.
Bridging this gap between patient wishes and hospital practice in end-of-life care has been the aim of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HfH) programme.
‘A Wish’, the new animated short film developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals poignantly illustrates just how this can be achieved and the small changes that can enable a good death even in a busy acute hospital environment.
The film was directed by Rebecca Lloyd and will be made available through the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme later this year.