Orlagh and the gang in Orlando.

Orlagh Walker was 28 weeks pregnant with her 12th child when her husband, Fergus Green, rushed out of their south Dublin home at 8.30am on March 25th,(...)

 Kathy Whyte is a passionate gardener as well as a former nurse, midwife and the founder of Nurture Mum.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Few things illustrate the circle of life as powerfully as gardening. Like horticultural midwives, we gardeners play a small but magical part in that i(...)

The making of the Galway Hospice Foundation project Meallan Scéal Scéal Eile, or One Story Encourages Another.

Much has already been said and written about how the loss of community rituals around death has made the process of grieving the loss of loved ones mo(...)

The Dying with Dignity Bill is now in the committee stage where it will be subject to further scrutiny. Photograph: iStock

Last month the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020, which aims to legalise assisted dying/suicide in Ireland, passed the second stage in the Dáil and it now (...)

The Irish Hospice Foundation said there needs to be ‘a considered forum to thoroughly examine the proposed legislation’ on assisted dying. File photograph: Getty

The debate around legislation to allow people with terminal illnesses decide the timing of their death must be “robust and balanced”, the Irish Hospic(...)

American entrepreneur Chuck Feeney (centre) signs papers to dissolve his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation at his office in San Francisco. The signing was witnessed by Christopher Oechsli, president and chief executive of the foundation, and Mr Feeney’s wife Helga.

Veteran American entrepreneur Chuck Feeney has signed the papers to dissolve his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation that provided more than $8 billion(...)

It can be hard to get a price for a coffin, but one made of less expensive wood with a flat lid and plain sides will be less costly. File photograph: The Irish Times

We don’t talk about death enough, a third of Irish people say. More women than men think that, according to an Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) survey. (...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny will be unveiled as ‘the voice’ of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s new national bereavement counselling service for those suffering loss. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Like most people who have spent a lifetime in politics, former taoiseach and Mayo TD Enda Kenny was no stranger to funerals and graveyards during a 45(...)

Friends and neighbours of the late Frank McDonald gather outside their homes on Grove Park Avenue in Dublin earlier this month as his funeral cortege passed  down the street wherehe lived for  60 years. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A large majority of people believe the Covid-19 pandemic has made the public rethink the way it deals with death and bereavement, a new survey by the (...)

Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, said: “How people die remains in the memory of those that live on.” Therefore, a good de(...)

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