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# last-rites - Monday 16 November, 2015

"There is something profound about holding someone as they take their last breaths"
# Readers' Stories
# Readers' Stories

"There is something profound about holding someone as they take their last breaths"

Nov 16th 2015, 10:00 PM 35,487 Views 18 Comments

Your experiences of grief, in your own words.

# last-rites - Sunday 15 November, 2015

The traditional Irish wake: Why rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated
# Reposing At Home
# Reposing At Home

The traditional Irish wake: Why rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated

Nov 15th 2015, 10:00 PM 37,131 Views 38 Comments

“The terrible thing about dying over there is that you miss your own wake,” Dave Allen once said. But is the tradition still as popular?

'It's my job to help the family plan and care for their dying children at home'
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# Last Rites

'It's my job to help the family plan and care for their dying children at home'

Nov 15th 2015, 6:30 PM 498 Views 4 Comments

Anne Tan’s career changed after meeting two terminally ill children.

"There are worse things than dying" - how Irish medical workers deal with the final journey
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# Last Rites

"There are worse things than dying" - how Irish medical workers deal with the final journey

Nov 15th 2015, 8:45 AM 30,186 Views 34 Comments

Doctors, nurses and specialists told us what death means to them as an experience.

# last-rites - Saturday 14 November, 2015

'I lost two brothers to suicide. It’s unimaginable that it could happen twice'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I lost two brothers to suicide. It’s unimaginable that it could happen twice'

Nov 14th 2015, 9:00 PM 7,968 Views 35 Comments

With suicide you are robbed of the natural grieving process. It should be about the person but the act takes over, writes Mary O’Neill.

What is it that makes Irish people fight over wills?
# WIll Power
# WIll Power

What is it that makes Irish people fight over wills?

Nov 14th 2015, 8:00 PM 23,275 Views 38 Comments

Where there’s a will – there’s a potential family falling out of seismic proportions.

'What I've learned from working in a crematorium for 33 years'
# Glasnevin Cemetery
# Glasnevin Cemetery

'What I've learned from working in a crematorium for 33 years'

Nov 14th 2015, 4:00 PM 66,837 Views 27 Comments

“Down through the years I’ve seen some really tragic cases … It can be hard.”

Last Rites: the arrival of a priest is a monument to finality in Irish life
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# Last Rites

Last Rites: the arrival of a priest is a monument to finality in Irish life

Nov 14th 2015, 6:45 AM 9,439 Views 16 Comments

How do people who are around death as a job handle it?

# last-rites - Friday 13 November, 2015

My Dad was a mortician, so it's no surprise I ended up as an embalmer
# Opinion
# Opinion

My Dad was a mortician, so it's no surprise I ended up as an embalmer

Nov 13th 2015, 10:00 PM 2,432 Views 14 Comments

Pamela Murphy had a unique upbringing in that her father was a mortician, so working as an embalmer never fazed her.

'Kate is my daughter. Kate was born still and silent. It is the loudest heartbreak.'
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# Last Rites

'Kate is my daughter. Kate was born still and silent. It is the loudest heartbreak.'

Nov 13th 2015, 6:00 PM 464 Views 19 Comments

A mother-of-three on the heartbreak of having a stillborn daughter.

# last-rites - Thursday 12 November, 2015

There is no cure for me. I will die from cancer.
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# Last Rites

There is no cure for me. I will die from cancer.

Nov 12th 2015, 10:00 PM 6,220 Views 108 Comments

Wendy Coughlan speaks openly about being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Organising a funeral: The unexpected challenges when a loved ones dies
# Last Rites
# Last Rites

Organising a funeral: The unexpected challenges when a loved ones dies

Nov 12th 2015, 8:00 PM 29,930 Views 19 Comments

It can seem like an overwhelming task – here it is step by step.

Everything you wanted to know about grief but were too afraid to ask
# Last Rites
# Last Rites

Everything you wanted to know about grief but were too afraid to ask

Nov 12th 2015, 6:00 PM 23,467 Views 6 Comments

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.

# last-rites - Wednesday 11 November, 2015

'Then everyone died': I lost four people I loved in 14 months
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# Last Rites

'Then everyone died': I lost four people I loved in 14 months

Nov 11th 2015, 10:30 PM 78,347 Views 61 Comments

“Your heart will always be a little bit broken – and that’s okay.”

Advice: What to say - and not say - to a friend who is recently bereaved
# Support
# Support

Advice: What to say - and not say - to a friend who is recently bereaved

Nov 11th 2015, 10:00 PM 30,924 Views 41 Comments

Running away and saying nothing at all is often the worst. But there are times to ‘show up and shut up’.