Coping with christmas when you are bereaved – Resources from the Irish Hospice Foundation

An average of 28,000 people die in Ireland each year and it is estimated that for each death ten people are directly impacted.  For the bereaved Christmas, particularly the first Christmas following the loss of a loved one can be an especially difficult time.

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement Education Resource centre has a number of information leaflets on coping with bereavement including a leaflet on ‘Coping with Christmas when you are bereaved‘ which can be downloaded from the bereaved.ie website HERE 

The leaflet includes suggested reading material for those who are bereaved over the holidays including;

  • Miller J.E., (1996) How will I get through the Holidays? 12 ideas for those whose loved one has died
  • Noel, B. (2003) Surviving Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Wolfeld, A.D. and Smith, H.I. (1999) A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss while Others are Celebrating

These books are all available to borrow from the Thérèse Brady Library.  The bereaved.ie website also features information and advice for bereaved people and those supporting them including short videos on grief.

This short video on  Living with loss features four Irish people sharing their experiences of bereavement

Copies of the Irish Hospice Foundation leaflets are available directly from the Irish Hospice Foundation by calling 01 6793188 and queries about the  Thérèse Brady Library’s public loan facilities can be made to laura.rooneyferris@hospicefoundation.ie

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A Wish – New animated video from the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

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.

Vote for Hospice Friendly Hospitals ‘Dignity by Design’ video

Dignity By Design from Angela Mezzetti on Vimeo.

‘Dignity by Design’ highlights the importance of providing personal, private and dignified spaces for patients and families at end-of-life and the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals ‘Design and Dignity‘ initiative.

This short film has been entered in the Better Together video competition which is highlighting the work of charities to the public by inviting them to vote for featured videos. You can vote for and share the video 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.