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Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

     Almost 30,000 people die in Ireland each year. While a majority would like to die at home, the reality is that almost half of all deaths (48%) occur in acute hospitals, and 20% take place in long-stay care facilities such as nursing homes. Only 4% of deaths occur in hospices. Although so many people die [...] Read more >


Bereavement information and education is a core aspect of the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation. The dedicated bereavement site BEREAVED.ie aims to provide advice and information for bereaved people, the people supporting them and to professionals working in bereavement support  Read more >

Palliative Care For All

Palliative care is relevant and applicable to all life-limiting illness but has not traditionally have been associated with diseases other than cancer.  The need for palliative care to be extended to people with diseases such as  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Heart Failure and Dementia is increasingly acknowledged. However, there has been an overall lack of [...] Read more >

Education & Training

Education is central to the IHF vision that no-one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need.  READ MORE Read more >

Library & Information Service

Library and information Services including the Therese Brady Library a unique specialist library collection of over 3, 400 items on bereavement, palliative care and the hospice philosophy Read More Read more >

Primary Palliative Care

What is Primary Palliative care? This is the term given to a holistic (whole person) approach to care for people who have advancing life-limiting conditions who are living at home. It includes improving quality of life through managing symptoms, and addressing psychological, social and spiritual issues. This care is provided by a Primary Care Team [...] Read more >

Forum on End of Life

The Forum on End-of-Life in Ireland is an Irish Hospice Foundation initiative aimed awareness raising, planning and promoting public debate on issues relating to death, dying and bereavement in Ireland.  During 2009 it engaged with the public on end-of-life issues to find out what people in Ireland believed about dying, death and bereavement.  The National [...] Read more >

Supporting the Voluntary Hospice Movement

The Irish Hospice Foundation works to support the voluntary hospice movement in a number of ways including:   Actively engaging in advocacy work aimed at the development of hospice and palliative care services Supporting local fundraisers by coordinating two annual national fundraising events to aid the voluntary hospice movement; Sunflower Days (June) and Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning (September) offering [...] Read more >

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The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland.

• Our VISION is that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need.

• Our MISSION is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life.

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