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# end of life

Last year
Opinion: Communication is key for families facing decisions around palliative care
Dr Geraldine Foley says the palliative care needs in this country will only grow as the population ages.
# The Lancet
Experts warn of increasing over-medicalisation of death, call for rethink on end-of-life care
A new Lancet Commission has called for public attitudes to death and dying to be rebalanced.
All time
# Hospice
'Nobody is dying alone here': How one hospice is dealing with end of life care during the Covid-19 crisis
Due to Covid-19, the hospice is now restricting visitors to two at a time for patients.
# our lady's hospice
WATCH: Take a tour of Dublin's newest hospice, which 'feels more like a hotel'
“This may be the last room someone will live in.”
# end of life
Almost half of older people depressed in months before death, according to study
The end of life study also found that nearly half (46%) of participants died in a hospital.
# end of life
Palliative care patient 'was left groaning in pain before death'
According to new research, one family member said trying to get help for a loved one was like “dealing with the mafia”.
# Your Say
Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn't fluent in Irish?
Junior Minister Joe McHugh, from Donegal, has a special responsibility for Gaeltacht matters.
# Think Ahead
You can now put your final wishes securely online for use in an emergency
The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Think Ahead is now entering its second phase, after already proving popular with the public.
# end of life report
People with terminal illnesses should 'automatically receive' medical cards
The Oireachtas Health Committee launched its report on end-of-life care this afternoon.
# terminally ill
Call to extend emergency medical card time limit for dying patients
Currently the eligibility period is six months, though one in five people who have these cards live longer and are then forced to undergo a means test.
# Planning ahead
Do you feel weird talking about your own death? You shouldn't
A new study has found that, in a GP setting anyway, most people aren’t.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support assisted suicide?
A case currently being heard before the High Court is asking whether Irish people have the constitutional right to an assisted suicide. What do you think?
Column: Living wills could help end the taboo of death in Ireland
Living wills would remove doctors’ God-like ability to decide what happens to people who may be approaching the end of their life, writes Liam Twomey