Tony was not always quite so sedentary. When we lived in Ireland one of our favourite jaunts was to the beach at Rossnowlagh, where we would walk arm in arm. Photograph: George Skipper

Tony and I live on the edge of the south Pennines. I love walking and it is perfect walking territory. Across the main road and ten minutes slo(...)

Photograph: Getty Images

It was three days before I was due to fly home that my sister’s husband broached the subject of the funeral. We had researched the options beforeha(...)

We have struggled through a pretty hard time in the past month or so, but Tony has now reached a space of greater contentment. His rage and fru(...)

Gabriel Byrne addresses the New York audience

Actor Gabriel Byrne has spoken emotionally about the death of a friend in a Dublin hospital in an appeal for “simple and transformational changes” to (...)

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(...)

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