The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) calls for the government to show that bereavement, palliative care, end-of life issues are priority areas for policy development and investment. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

The Government has been urged to develop a national strategy on palliative care, end-of-life issues and bereavement to include both health and non-hea(...)

A new report   published by the  HSE  earlier this year  was developed “to improve and standardise bereavement care provided to families in the aftermath of a maternal death”. Photograph: Getty

While all untimely deaths are tragic, the death of a new mother in pregnancy or the post-natal period carries a particular poignancy. The tragedy is f(...)

Emma McHugh with her son Matthew: “The hardest thing is watching his skills being taken away. He had so much when he was younger and now, bit by bit, it is being sucked out of him.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mother-of-two Emma McHugh had never heard of the LauraLynn children’s hospice in south Dublin before her eldest child was referred there for respite c(...)

By the end of 2016, Atlantic Philanthropies had donated more than €7.6 billion globally, including €1.5 billion in Ireland. Among the biggest recipi(...)

About 350 children die before their 18th birthday every year in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The quality of life for hundreds of children with life-limiting conditions has been significantly improved through improved access to palliative care,(...)

Discussing your end-of-life plans is about making your death less traumatic  for your family and loved ones, and having your own wishes respected, as much as possible. Photograph: iStock

How would you like to die? Is this a question you ever ask yourself? More importantly, is it a question you ever answer? And, most importantly, is it (...)

 Hillary Clinton: she “has never lost the compassion that is part of her DNA as a woman, mother and grandmother”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

American voters are less than a month away from the end of the most bizarre political slugfest any of us can remember. In the red Republican corner is(...)

Tony and Steph Booth in Alnmouth, in northeastern England in 2013.

November 23, 2013: ‘I was concerned enough to want to get him checked’  I asked Tony to give up smoking marijuana before we moved to Cavan. It(...)

Mayo fans at a pre-All Ireland Final party at the Shamrock Bar in Breaffy, Co Mayo. The county last won an All-Ireland senior title in 1951. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Deirdre Flynn has been to all five Dublin senior football championship matches so far this summer – including the game in Kilkenny against Laois, the (...)

Dublin football fan Deirdre Flynn, with her children Caoimhe, Cianna, Naoise, Tiarnan, Roise and friend Richie Larkin, at her home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Last year Dubs supporter Deirdre Flynn (40) wrote her first song. A Little Boy’s Dream was recorded and released in time for last year’s All-Ireland f(...)

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