Advanced medical technology has led to the ability to sometimes stretch our last days, with some referring to this as a form of death denial or viewing death as a medical failure

dPeople, particularly the elderly, sometimes speak about hoping for the “gift of a good death”. Studies carried out by the Irish Hospice Foundation sh(...)

Moira O’Hara with her dog, Maisie, at home with a photograph of her late husband, Martin, in Co Wicklow.Photograph:Cyril Byrne

‘When I needed somebody, there was nobody there.” This was how Wicklow woman Moira O’Hara felt as she struggled to meet the ever increasing nursing ne(...)

Catherine McGuinness: As chairwoman of the National Council of the Forum on the End of Life, McGuinness will address a conference in Dublin on Thursday, on dying and death. Photograph:Frank Miller

‘Statistically, we’re all living longer these days, but we haven’t necessarily done a great deal about it,” says former Supreme Court judge, Mrs Justi(...)

Deirdre Garvey, chief executive of the Wheel, a voluntary-sector representative organisation, said the HSE move could be seen as interference in independent organisations.

The Health Service Executive is preparing to impose Haddington Road agreement cuts on all non-statutory agencies to which it gives grants, such as th(...)

Unfairness in death

Dying patients need a special type of care and comfort. These words encapsulate the philosophical thrust behind a forceful report from the Irish Hospi(...)

Only two regions, the midwest and northwest, come close to achieving the required level of hospice care set out in 
, according to 
government policy 
that was set in place 
13 years ago. This stated that all healthcare regions should allocate one hospice bed per 10,000 people, or one per cent of total inpatient beds.

Nearly 2,500 dying people are unable to obtain hospice care every year due to inequality of resources between different parts of the country, accordin(...)

Volunteers for Irish Hospice Sunflower Day photographed on Grafton Street earlier this year from left Mark O’Donnell Elizabeth Mary Donnelly and Leah Whelan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Up to 2,500 terminally-ill patients are denied access to hospice inpatient care each year because of the lack of services nationwide, it emerged today(...)

‘The Gathering – Reflections on Ireland’ will include reflections from Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and rugby player Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is looking for photographs from people who have taken part in Gathering and clan events for a book to comme(...)

Care of the dying

Despite many advances in the care of dying people, there should be a huge welcome from healthcare staff and patients’ families for the introduc(...)

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