Library access Friday Jan 13th

Therese Brady Library Collection

Happy New Year and welcome back to all our library users.

The Library space will be in use from 9 am until 4.30 pm on Friday January 13th so will not be accessible to visitors.

Library users needing to return books may still do so but study facilities and access to the collection will not be available during this time. Remember that you can reserve or renew library items through the online catalogue using your library reader and PIN number. If you need to borrow items or have any queries please email



New publication builds on ethical framework for end-of-life care

A new book due to be launched by Cork University Press on November 16th develops and expands on the Ethical framework on end-of-life care produced by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme last year (more details HERE)

End-of-life Care ethics and lawwritten by Joan McCarthy, Mary Donnelly, Dolores Dooley, David Smith & Louise Campbell takes the eight modules of the ethical framework as its foundation.

The book draws on the body of research on the ethical issues in caring for patients at the end-of-life. It pulls together guidelines, codes of conduct, legal positions and bioethical perspectives to act as a multidisciplinary reference source for healthcare and legal professionals seeking clarification on these complex issues. Further details and context on the publication are available HERE.

Happy Library Ireland Week!

It’s that time of year again, this week (March 7th to 13th) libraries around the country will be showcasing their services and collections with special spotlight features, events and promotions. This year’s theme of ‘Smart people use smart libraries’ aims to illustrate the ways in which libraries use technology to enhance, extend and promote their services. Staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation can book in for 10 minute library fix sessions. These short personal tutorials cover anything from effectively using the library catalogue and database searching to setting up personal searches and alerts using RSS feeds or finding out about social media tools or iphone apps useful for work or research – contact Laura in the library to book a session.

Here on the blog there will be features to highlight smart libraries and resource recommendations throughout the week.

To get you in the mood have a look at this great promotional video produced to celebrate Library Ireland Week 2011.

Coping with christmas when you are bereaved

Christmas and other holidays can be an especially difficult time for those who are bereaved, particularly if it is the first year following the loss of a loved one.

The Irish Hospice Foundations series of bereavement leaflets includes a leaflet offering some advice for bereaved people on  getting through the holiday period. ‘Coping with christmas when you are bereaved‘, along with the other bereavement leaflets can be accessed on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE and print copies of this and other leaflets are available free of charge by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation on  01 6793188 or emailing

The leaflet features some suggested reading material offering advice on adjusting to holidays following bereavement, all of which are available to borrow from the Therese Brady Library. Details of these and all other suggested titles are available in the bereavement bibliotherapy booklet which can be downloaded  HERE

You can also watch THIS short video from the Irish Hospice Foundation in which Dr Susan Delaney offers some advise on getting through christmas following a bereavement.

THIS information sheet from the UK Childrens Bereavement charity is also a useful source of advice for children and young people facing christmas following a loss.




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



Reason’s to be cheerful – Irish Hospice Foundation launch the Thank You book

The Thank You Book available now

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.’ Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s new project is hoping to get us spreading the love, or at least the thanks. The Thank you book which launched yesterday is part of the Thank you project which will build up to a Thank You day on Nov 25th…more about the project HERE

The Thank You book is a gratitude journal, a place to reflect and record the things you are thankful for.  Reflections of thanks from a host of the great and the good are peppered through the pages and feature on a range of accompanying thank you cards  – view the card gallery HERE

As Roisin Ingle’s (who edited the book) introduction addresses, this could sound ‘cheesier than a wheel of brie’ but there is a bedrock of scientific research which illustrates the mental health benefits of adopting a perspective of gratitude. Robert Emmons & Michael Mc Culloch’s 2003 article Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life in the Journal of personality & social psychology (Vol. 84 Is 2 pp 377-389) indicated heightened mental and physical well being in subjects practicing gratitude listing. Algoe, Gable & Maisel in the June issue of the Journal of personal relationships (2010, Vol 17, Is 2, pp 217-233) even point to gratitude as ‘a booster shot for romantic relationships’

The benefits of reflecting on giving thanks feed into resilience theory, our  capacity to absorb the entire palette of emotional experience. A holistic approach, of embracing the light, the shade and the dark which is reflected in the hospice philosophy.

There are all manner of reasons this book will make you smile. The intimate little insights of the messages of thanks in its pages reflect on the subtle things which make all the difference like Christy Moore’s ‘That day when you stopped and asked ‘how are you’ it meant everything, thank you‘. Most poignant and charming are some of the submissions from the public, messages to husbands, wives and children, to pets and to care givers …for random acts of kindness and for the simplest of things, like the message from Neil Kelly, age 5 from Knocklyon  ‘Thank you, for making me a kid

And if you’re in need of additional reasons to be cheerful ...the book makes an excellent present – so that’s christmas sorted.

For more on the Thank you project go to or follow @ThankyouDay on twitter