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Irish Hospice Foundation and HSE launch first bereavement support line

The Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with the HSE have today launched a national bereavement support line, the first of its kind in Ireland. The national freephone service (1800 80 70 77) will be available Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.

Published: 9 June 2020

The Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with the HSE have launched a national bereavement support line, the first of its kind in Ireland. The national freephone service (1800 80 70 77) will be available Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm.

The support line aims to provide a confidential space for people to speak about their experience or ask questions relating to bereavement. Callers will be listened to with compassion, and be provided with emotional support and information on any practical issues that may be helpful.

CEO, Paul Reid said, “This has been a very difficult time for families and friends of people who have died in recent times. We want to support people during this time and I welcome the establishment of this support line that has been developed in association with the HSE. We would encourage people to seek support and information as they grieve and this support line can help families with very practical ways to cope”.

A recent survey by Behaviour & Attitudes for the Irish Hospice Foundation found that over half of Irish people admitted they struggle to know what to say to people about bereavement. In turn over half of people who had experienced a bereavement felt that others avoided some conversations out of fear of upsetting them. The survey findings are available here.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Irish Hospice Foundation established a new 'Care & Inform' hub on our website to provide a series of resources on grief and loss and to offer supports during the death and bereavement process. 

The Irish Hospice Foundation policy framework for best policy in death, dying and bereavement is available here.

About the Irish Hospice Foundation:

The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to death, dying and bereavement in Ireland. 80 people die every day in Ireland, and we believe everyone has the right to be cared for and to die with dignity in their care setting of choice. Our mission is to strive for the best end-of-life and bereavement care, for all. We campaign to make excellence in hospice practices, bereavement and end-of-life care a national priority and to stimulate the conversation around death, dying and bereavement in Ireland. Full details from www.hospicefoundation.ie or call 01 679 3188