# last rites

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"There is something profound about holding someone as they take their last breaths"
The traditional Irish wake: Why rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated
'It's my job to help the family plan and care for their dying children at home'
"There are worse things than dying" - how Irish medical workers deal with the final journey
'I lost two brothers to suicide. It’s unimaginable that it could happen twice'
What is it that makes Irish people fight over wills?
'What I've learned from working in a crematorium for 33 years'
Last Rites: the arrival of a priest is a monument to finality in Irish life
My Dad was a mortician, so it's no surprise I ended up as an embalmer
'Kate is my daughter. Kate was born still and silent. It is the loudest heartbreak.'
There is no cure for me. I will die from cancer.
Organising a funeral: The unexpected challenges when a loved ones dies
Everything you wanted to know about grief but were too afraid to ask
'Then everyone died': I lost four people I loved in 14 months
Advice: What to say - and not say - to a friend who is recently bereaved