Bereavement resources booklet – 2011 update available to download

Therese Brady Library - Bereavement Resources booklet 2011
Last year the library compiled a booklet of bibliotherapy titles for bereaved people informed by the Irish Hospice Foundations bereavement leaflets. The booklet has now been updated and expanded to include both public and professional support material as well as information about the Therese Brady Library and QR links directed to further resource listings in the resource sections of the blog.
The professional resources section  lists recommended titles and online tools for; palliative and end-of-life care, Bereavement theory and support, self care for professional carers, working with bereaved children and bereavement in schools.
You can download the booklet in PDF format here – Bereavement resources 2011

Smart research – Smart phone apps in palliative care & bereavement

Continuing the theme of smart libraries and smart research tools here are just a few smart phone apps to make keeping up to date with new research in palliative care and bereavement even easier.

PubMed Apps – If you regularly conduct searches for medical literature online you are likely to be familiar with PubMed the National Library of Medicines Medline citation database. PubMed has several smart phone apps both free and fee based.

PubMed on Tap – This app has both a free and a paid version. Pubmed on Tap is the paid version and costs €2.39 while on tap lite is the free version. Both allow for PubMed searching and include reference storage, PDF retrieval from the web, links to full text articles will open in your phone’s browser and both apps integrate the advanced search features of the PubMed database. Of the free PubMed apps  PubMed lite is probably the best though search results are limited to ten items so if you plan on making extensive use of PubMed on your phone it may be worth opting for the full version of PubMed on Tap.

British Medical Journal Logo Like PubMed, The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has a number of apps catering to different specialities from disease specific apps (diabetes, depression) to apps for medical students and a doctors toolkit. Of the BMJ apps, the Best Practice Decision support app is relevant to all allied health professionals. It provides a searchable database of guidelines, evidence and symptom details and facilitates quick access to expert opinion and best practice guides across medical disciplines.

Journal RSS – This is a really useful free app which enables RSS feeds from selected journal publications direct to your phone. You can select journal titles from a range of publishers like Elsevier, Oxford and Nature and  receive RSS updates and table of content alerts.

PalliMed Blog app

PalliMed is a blog dedicated to providing information, research reviews and commentary on Palliative, End-of-Life and hospice care. Its contributors are palliative care physicians and the blog is a valuable resource for new publications and insight on end-of-life issues. The Pallimed app is free  and is available for both iphone and andriod.

Similarly the GeriPal blog aims to provide up to date insight and research reviews on palliative care and geriatrics. The Geripal app is free and provides mobile access to the blog. This is a particularly useful app for anyone with a particular interest in eldercare.

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



Launch of a new bereavement training DVD

Lost for words - words for loss launches Thurs Sept 23rd

Tomorrow (Thursday Sept 23rd) The Irish Hospice Foundation will launch a new DVD and interactive training resource for bereavement support. The DVD will be launched by RTE presenter Miriam O’ Callaghan and will be available from the Irish Hospice Foundation at a cost of €20.  Further details of the launch are available HERE

‘Lost for words – words for loss’ was developed by Breffni Mc Guinness, training officer with the Irish Hospice Foundation and features insight from bereavement counsellors with organisations like Barnardos, AnamCara and Console.

The DVD is an introductory training resource which presents the different levels of bereavement support, focusing on level one support with specific input on terminal illness, coping with the death of a child and bereavement following suicide.

The DVD is aimed at those who provide initial support to the bereaved;  friends, colleagues, members of the caring professions and volunteers.

This the latest development from the Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement education resource centre which also offers workshops and training in bereavement – further details can be found HERE