Think Ahead: every life is a journey

The Irish Hospice Foundation encourages you to  Think Ahead

The purpose of Think Ahead is to help members of the public talk about and record their preferences in the event of emergency, serious illness or death.

The Think Ahead form aims to guide you in thinking about, discussing, and recording your preferences regarding all aspects of end of life. It encourages you to ensure that those closest to you are aware of these preferences so that, should a time come when you are unable to express them yourself, your wishes will be clear to those caring for you or managing your affairs.


Irish Hospice Foundations – Beginning at the End Videos

Videos produced by the Irish Hospice Foundation – “Beginning at the End”

Difficult Questions

How Can I Help

Introduction to Spirituality

Religion and Spirituality

Finding Meaning

Being Brave

Differing Views

Empathic Listening

National Summary of Patient Activity Data for Adult Specialist Palliative Care Services in The Republic of Ireland, 2012-2015

This report presents collated data from the Specialist Palliative Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) from the years 2012-2015 and reflects a picture of the activity within the specialist palliative care services in community, day-care and inpatient units.  Every service contributes to the Minimum Data Set and there is almost 100% compliance with regard to metric data submission.

The work on the report was carried out in partnership with the HSE and a project steering group with support from the Irish Hospice Foundation. Full text is available  HERE OR on the Irish Hospice Foundation website

Standards for Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People


The ICBN has developed Standards for Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People contained in this document.

The ICBN intends this document to be used by all adults, professionals, volunteer organisations and policy makers who are concerned about bereaved children. The appropriate standard of care and support should be provided to children so that their
bereavement needs can be met regardless of their religion, culture, gender or economic status or their location within Ireland. The ICBN sees these standards being used for planning, provision, and quality review of childhood bereavement care.


Conservative Care of Kidney Failure

Conservative Care of Kidney Failure

The Irish Hospice Foundation & The Irish Kidney Association have produced the following booklet.

 The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) have six patient information books which you can get free from the IKA Head Office and Support Centre. You can also download them from

BOOK 1 – Kidney Disease; BOOK 2 – Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis; BOOK 3 – Kidney Transplantation; BOOK 4 – Thinking About Donating a Kidney?; BOOK 5 – Living with Chronic Kidney Disease; and BOOK 6 – Emotional Wellbeing.