Library Ireland week 2012 at the Therese Brady Library

Library Ireland Week 2012 Nov 12-18

This week marks the seventh annual Library Ireland Week which runs from Nov 12th to 18th.  Library Ireland Week  provides a yearly showcase for the work of libraries, librarians and information professionals.

The theme this year is ‘Libraries for literacy; everyday, everyway‘ and the focus is on the many and varied ways libraries promote and develop literacy and learning.  The Therese Brady Library’s resources aim to develop, enhance and support the information literacy skills and learning of staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation as well as providing access to reliable information and supportive reading material on bereavement for the public. 

Staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation can book in for a short library fix session to brush up on their information skills. These sessions cover anything from effectively using the library catalogue and literature searching to setting up personal searches and alerts, getting the most out of searching the internet or just finding out more about the range of resources available from the library. Contact Laura in the library to book a session laura.rooneyferris@hospicefoundation.ie

Other events and literacy inputs are taking place in libraries all around the country, you can browse a listing HERE 

Happy Library Ireland Week !

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Public information meeting on Do Not Resuscitate orders and Organ Donation

 The Irish Hospice Foundation’s National Council of the Forum on End-of-Life will host two public meetings discussing Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and Organ Donation in June.

These meetings, chaired by journalist Valerie Cox aim to provide members of the public with an overview of the topic, a medical and legal perspective and to frame both issues in the context of current practice.

The Do Not Resuscitate meeting which will take place in the Alexander Hotel on June 6th from 6-7.30 pm and will address the development of national DNR guidelines.

The second meeting examining the fact around Organ Donation will take place on June 26th in the Alexander Hotel from 6-7.30  and will feature speakers presenting the medical, family and patient perspectives.

Further details can be obtained by contacting Sarah Murphy on 01 6793188

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 info@hospice-foundation.ie

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.