A palliative care approach cares for all elements of a person: emotional, physical and spiritual. Taking this approach early on can mean being able to experience the best possible quality of life for longer. photograph: Thinkstock

We need to talk about dying, and dying in the way we’d prefer. This is perhaps the initially jarring theme of Palliative Care Week, which runs from(...)

Susanne Brodigan at home in Co Meath. Susanne had three ectopic pregnancies before she had her little girl, Joy. Photograph:   Ciara Wilkinson

For the first time three charities that provide support to parents who have lost a baby or a pregnancy are jointly hosting an evening of awareness (...)

Dr Katherine Sleeman, lecturer in  palliative care, Kings College London, and ex-Supreme Court judge Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness at the End of Life conference in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Ireland may have the highest growing need for palliative care in Europe with the number of people over 80 projected to quadruple over the next 30 year(...)

Prof John Crown: said a lack of co-operation between hospitals and hospices was making it more difficult to provide top-notch end-of-life care. Photograph: Alan Betson.

A lack of investment in palliative care services means many people are being “disempowered” at the point of death, according to a cancer specialist wh(...)

Increases in funding will be needed to cater for the increase in deaths from cancer, dementia and neurodegenerative diseases according to new research. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland has the fastest rising need for palliative care in Europe due to its rapidly ageing population, a new study suggests.Significant increases in (...)

Dr Mary Redmond, who has died aged 64, was a corporate lawyer, academic and founder of a number of charities, most notably the Irish Hospice Foundatio(...)

The difficulty is that after you die nobody can get into your social media accounts unless they have your password. And if they do log in, for most of these, they’re actually in breach of the terms of service

In 2005, a motorcycle accident took the life of 22-year-old Nebraskan Loren Williams. In an effort to find out more about her son’s life, Karen Wil(...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

Dr Mary Redmond: a corporate lawyer, academic, teacher  and founder of charities. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The corporate lawyer, academic and founder of a number of charities, including the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Wheel, Dr Mary Redmond has died, (...)

Mary Nevin, a night nurse with the Irish Cancer Society: ‘I have seen many different reactions in people, in the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s death. We are all amateurs when it comes to grief, and all reactions are perfectly normal.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Respite for families My role as a night nurse involves caring for terminally ill patients, providing comfort, managing their symptoms and offering som(...)