Ombudsman Peter Tyndall: ‘Those moments at the end of a loved one’s life are extremely precious and will be relived again and again’.  File  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

End-of-life care could be improved through better communication with patients and their family and friends, a new report suggests.The report by Ombuds(...)

Steph Booth with her husband, Tony. Photograph: George Skipper

For me, my garden is a calm, reflective place. Digging, planting, weeding, I find it easier to think things through. I have recently been pondering wh(...)

Mandy  and Tom Dunne, of Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, parents of Muireann who died after six weeks, with  nurse Joanne Doyle, left. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

The wooden bookcase is full of birth mementos, including a snap of an antenatal 3D scan, a bracelet, pair of little bootees, christening candle and(...)

Young Carer of the Year for 2013, Niamh Duffy, from Midleton, Co Cork  at the launch of Carers Week 2014, in Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

80 per cent of Irish carers have experienced cuts to home care packages within the past three years, according a survey conducted by Care Alliance Ire(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly’s officials have been tasked with developing plans for the further roll-out of GP care.

The Government has insisted its plans to introduce free GP care for all are still on track, despite an embarrassing climbdown yesterday over discreti(...)

When people are dying, their biggest fears are being a burden on their family, dying in pain or dying alone.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish people, it is commonly held, are good at death but not good at dying. This means that we celebrate death well with high attendance at funerals, (...)

‘In end-of-life care, health professionals, patients and families must often make difficult decisions in tense, demanding, emotionally fraught and constrained circumstances.’ Photograph: Getty Images

A master’s degree programme in end-of-life healthcare ethics will begin at University College Cork (UCC) this September. The d(...)

Steph Booth lives in the north of England with her husband, the actor Tony Booth, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Photograph: George Skipper

My recent trip to Limerick to speak at the Irish Hospice Foundation conference was initially organised on the basis that Tony and I would be go(...)

RTÉ’s John Murray at the launch of the Spanish charity cycle challenge. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

It may not be quite as demanding as running with the bulls, but this summer’s Irish Hospice Foundation cycle challenge – from San Sebastian to (...)

Preparing for end of life
  • Health
  • March 24, 2014, 08:41

The likelihood that advance healthcare directives (AHDs ) will soon be part of legislation should be welcomed by medical and legal professional(...)

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