Call for a national day of mourning and remembrance

by Gazette Reporter

THE Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is calling for a national day of mourning and remembrance for those who have died during the Covid-19 crisis.

IHF wants the Government to put in place a process for remembrance and reflection – and has submitted a paper outlining a series of proposals post-pandemic.

These include:  

• A series of mourning and remembrance events for all who have died since the pandemic started in order to honour, comfort and support

• Restarting a national conversation on dying, death and bereavement to be followed by an official process to make recommendations and put them into effect

IHF chief executive Sharon Foley said: “Although we are not through the pandemic, we must begin to plan for a process of active collective remembrance, reflection and recovery as part of the recuperation.

“Our experience over the past number of months has shown us that we can’t afford to turn away from our collective mortality and we need to come together and learn how to face it, head on.” 

For nearly 35 years, IHF has advocated for a more strategic approach to dying, death and bereavement, launching Ireland’s first national Bereavement Support Line in June (1800 807077).

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