In a Word ... Hospice

You might say we are in recovery. Sort of. Optimism ruled most of us for the eight months that passed between my brother Pearse’s diagnosis with lung (...)

People comfort each other outside after posting a notice at Castlerahan National School, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. The school’s deputy principal and his family died in a suspected murder-suicide on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The tragic death by murder-suicide of the Hawe family in Co Cavan is outside the normal experience of most people. Parents can struggle to explain suc(...)

Tina Priestley with  a picture of her son, Bobby, who died at the age of 13 months. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tina Priestley was six months pregnant with her fourth child when a routine scan showed that the baby’s head was much bigger than it should be. The(...)

Cork University Maternity Hospital: important research has been carried out at the hospital with mothers who decided to continue their pregnancies. Image: Google Streetview

As kids, we used to chant: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” As adults, we know that names are not only hurtful, b(...)

Sr Julie Buckley, chaplain in Temple Street hospital, Dublin: ‘Seeing parents broken after the death of a child is the worst part of the job. Their world has ended and they have to try to pick themselves up and build a new life.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

I started off nursing and did my training in the Richmond Hospital, in Dublin, returning to Cork, where I’m from, to do midwifery. I worked as a staf(...)

A UK survey showed that a third of employees who had suffered bereavement in the previous five years felt they had not been treated with compassion by their employer

Life has few certainties, but one thing we can be sure of is we will all have to deal with death eventually. In what it describes as a conservative e(...)

Seventy-five civil servants died in service over the past two years, with almost 7,000 having been bereaved over the same period. File photograph: Getty Images

Civil servants are afraid to admit they work in the public service because of perceptions they are privileged and cosseted, a new survey has found. (...)

Caitríona Nic Mhuiris and her husband, Séamus Moore, at their home in Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Caitríona Nic Mhuiris, her husband, Séamus Moore, and two children headed off to Brittany in a camper van three years ago, they had no id(...)

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 (...)

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