National Bereavement Forum 2021

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The NBF is for organisations and individuals who provide direct bereavement support or support bereaved people in their day to day work.

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This is the 5th National Bereavement Forum (NBF) hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation, the first of which was held in Dublin in 2016.

This event is for organisations or individuals who provide direct support to people who are bereaved and for those who support bereaved people in their day-to-day work, for example GP’s, nurses, social workers, bereavement volunteers, therapists, chaplains, psychologists, frontline staff in information services, psychiatrists etc.

The inputs scheduled at the forum and the next steps the IHF commit to deliver were partly informed by a national survey we conducted with bereavement services across Ireland in April of this year. We have also incorporated opportunities to network (virtually).

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10am Welcome address

Speaker: Sharon Foley, Irish Hospice Foundation.

10.10 The Framework for Adult Bereavement Care

Chair: Amanda Roberts, Irish Hospice Foundation

Presentation 1: The development of the framework for adult bereavement care and its role in bereavement provision, policy and planning in Ireland

Speaker: Amanda Roberts, Irish Hospice Foundation

Formal launch of the framework

Guest speaker: Minister Butler, Minister of State Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and

Older People.

10.40 The impact of the pandemic on the experience of bereavement

Chair: Amanda Roberts, Irish Hospice Foundation

Presentation 2: What does the research tell us?

Speaker: Orla Keegan, Irish Hospice Foundation

Presentation 3.: The voices of the bereaved

Speaker(s): Catherine Tierney, Irish Hospice Foundation & Volunteer(s), IHF/HSE National Bereavement Support line

Reflection 1: Networking opportunity and an opportunity for attendees to reflect on their experience

Facilitated by: Breffni McGuinness, Irish Hospice Foundation

11.55 The impact of the pandemic on bereavement service staff and volunteers

Chair: Orla Keegan, Irish Hospice Foundation

Presentation 4: The impact of the pandemic on bereavement service staff and volunteers. Experiences of bereavement service staff and volunteers: Findings from the IHF national bereavement service survey 2021

Speakers: Amanda Roberts, Irish Hospice Foundation and Maura Keating, Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

Reflection 2: An opportunity for attendees to discuss what the priorities should be for bereavement care going forward.

Facilitated by: Amanda Roberts ,Irish Hospice Foundation and Maura Keating, Irish Childhood Bereavement Network.

Presentation 5: National Health Sector Psychosocial Response project

Speaker: Derek Chambers, HSE Mental Health Operations and Ciara Latimer, HSE Mental Health and Community Operations

12.45 The next steps?

Speaker: Amanda Roberts, Irish Hospice Foundation

12.55 Closing of the Forum

Host: Orla Keegan, Irish Hospice Foundation and Embrace Music

1.10pm Forum closed

Please contact bereavementadmin@hospicefoundation.ie if you have any questions about the event.

For more information on the framework for adult bereavement care: https://hospicefoundation.ie/our-supports-services/bereavement-loss-hub/i-work-in-bereavement/adult-bereavement-care-pyramid/

For more information on our bereavement resources: https://hospicefoundation.ie/our-supports-services/bereavement-loss-hub/

For more information on the national bereavement support line: https://hospicefoundation.ie/our-supports-services/bereavement-loss-hub/bereavement-support-line/

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Organiser of National Bereavement Forum 2021

We, the Irish Hospice Foundation, are a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. We work to ensure that no-one will face death or bereavement without the care and support they need regardless of the place of death. For the past thirty years, we have been working in partnership with others to make excellence in bereavement care a national priority. We do this through many of our activities such as, awareness-raising, training and education, providing bereavement information and working collaboratively with many organisations, both state and voluntary, to enhance bereavement care provision in Ireland.

Please see our website for resources, which include ways to support yourself when you are grieving, ways to help others and our new Care and Inform hub (www.hospicefoundation.ie). The Irish Hospice Foundation , in partnership with the HSE, provide a national bereavement suppoprt line. The support line provides a first response to those affected by bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic. This FREE support line operates from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday - 1800 80 70 77.

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