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# Bereavement

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# Bereavement
'We were unable to visit her or to say goodbye': The people behind the Covid death toll
As Ireland’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 3,000, we speak to some of the families behind the figures.
# Bereavement
'Death is always difficult but during a pandemic it's more surreal': The human side of the 2,000 lives lost to Covid-19
The death toll from Covid-19 in Ireland surpassed 2,000 people yesterday.
# living with covid plan
'Remembering our loss': National and local events to commemorate those we have lost during Covid-19
In the government’s new plan on living with Covid-19 is a section on how we mark those who have died during the pandemic.
# Bereavement
Free national bereavement support line launched by Irish Hospice Foundation
The national freephone service – 1800 80 70 77 – will be available Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.
Voices
Opinion: A shock diagnosis left me a 30-year-old widower - here is how I survived
‘Something I’ve tried to live by over the past year is a lesson I learned soon after the bereavement- you honour the dead by choosing to live well, writes Noel Byrne.
# State Exams
Minister wants to change system after student had to sit Leaving Cert exam the day after her mother died
Rhona Butler said the current process is not fair on the student, family or school involved.
# firstlight
Dealing with the loss of an infant: 'The fact is your world will stop. You become a different person'
The FirstLight charity is holding a walk in memory of children who have passed away on 8 September.
# Anam Cara
Dealing with grief on Father's Day: 'We won't mourn the loss of Adam, but we’ll celebrate everything he gave us'
Father’s Day can be a tough day for those who have lost a child or a father.
Voices
Column: 'I felt a wave of guilt come over me. How was I laughing in a world my mum wasn’t in?'
There is no guide to tell you how to cope with life after loss, writes Mairead Doyle.
Voices
'After years of caring for my late husband, who and what am I now that I'm no longer a wife or carer?'
Being an ex carer has left me with an awful void in my life, writes Annie McGuinness.
Voices
Losing my sister Donna: 'Traumatic shock, grief and facing deep inner demons'
It’s a fitting a tribute to Donna to finally be myself, writes Neil Fox.
Voices
Column: 'I'm facing my second Christmas without my partner, Patric'
Grief doesn’t define who I am but it’s shaped the person I’ve become, writes Jenny Gilleece.
# Anam Cara
Christmas without loved ones: 'Try to keep it simple. The first year is very, very difficult'
Christmas can be a tough time for those who have lost a loved one.
# heartwarming
Marriage could help reduce the risk of dementia - study
The widowed were 20% more likely to develop dementia than married people, the meta analysis indicated.
# a way of grieving
Do Irish people hoard things when we lose someone close to us?
Irish researchers want your help to answer this very question.
# Have your say
'Dying alone. Like my mother did': Irish people are sharing their fears about serious illness and death
The Irish Hospice Foundation gathered opinions of over 2,000 people.
# Advic
'Dealing with a loved one's death is difficult, but a murder poses special problems'
Joan Deane helps people deal with the trauma of losing someone through homicide.
# common ground
'Everyone in Ireland deserves to have a good death'
The Irish Hospice Foundation has said investing in bereavement services and end-of-life care will benefit society as a whole.
# Bereavement
'To me, Father's Day is just like any other day because there's always something missing'
Father’s Day can be a tough day for those who have lost a child or a father.
# not loving it
McDonald's pulls TV ad accused of using child bereavement to sell fast food
The ad was for the UK market.
# digital executor
What will happen to your Facebook account when you die?
The Irish Hospice Foundation wants people to make plans for their social media accounts in the event of their death.
# death charter
'I regret not talking to my mother about her death, don't do the same thing'
The Irish Hospice Foundation wants people to talk about death, dying and grief more openly.
# Pregnancy Loss
Savita Halappanavar "at the core" of new care standards for bereaved parents
The HSE launched its national standards for bereavement care following pregnancy loss today.
Voices
A young child telling me about the death of a parent or sibling is the hardest part of my job
I feel privileged to be working with and for the bereaved, writes Brid Carroll
# a difficult time
How to support a bereaved person at Christmas
This time of year can be particularly difficult for someone who has lost a loved one.
# children and grief
'Don’t cry, your mum’s in the room. And me? I was dying inside.'
Young people often struggle to access support following the death of a loved one.
# readers' stories
"There is something profound about holding someone as they take their last breaths"
Your experiences of grief, in your own words.
# glasnevin cemetery
'What I've learned from working in a crematorium for 33 years'
“Down through the years I’ve seen some really tragic cases … It can be hard.”
Voices
'Kate is my daughter. Kate was born still and silent. It is the loudest heartbreak.'
A mother-of-three on the heartbreak of having a stillborn daughter.
# last rites
Everything you wanted to know about grief but were too afraid to ask
An expert tells us what we can do to support bereaved people, how to talk to children about loss, and if there’s a good alternative to mass cards.
# Support
Advice: What to say - and not say - to a friend who is recently bereaved
Running away and saying nothing at all is often the worst. But there are times to ‘show up and shut up’.
Voices
'Nothing else seemed to matter when she died. I didn't understand why God would take our little girl?'
Michael McEnery provides a personal and heartfelt account of the loss of his young daughter Annabel to cancer. Here he talks about how he and his family got through such a horrific ordeal.
# coping with grief
'In the beginning it rips you apart': Parents discuss losing a child
Anam Cara has released a series of videos aimed at helping bereaved families.
# death cafe
'What would you tweet from your deathbed?'
A conversation between 300 people – about dying.
# Think Ahead
'My family and I have had many conversations about my impending death'
Wendy has terminal cancer.
# Grief
Should workers get paid bereavement leave?
There is no legal entitlement to it at present.
Voices
Death is a constant companion through life. So why are we afraid of discussing it?
Death is the one constant which unites us all.
Voices
Will I ever adjust to the fact that my mother is gone?
Despite all these years, the pain of losing her remains. Grief, unfortunately, does not follow a defined trajectory.
# RIP
U2 gig to go ahead as scheduled following death of Larry Mullen's father
The band are due to play a concert in Vancouver tomorrow night.
Voices
Column: The Ghosts of Christmas Past – dealing with loss at Christmas
Mum’s kitschy Christmas apron that we used to slag her mercilessly about. Her make up, hurriedly applied between basting the turkey and topping the sprouts. All that is gone now. And God, how I miss it.