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Make this a Christmas to Remember with a Tribute to Your Loved One

This Christmas Lynda and Pat Foley fondly remember their son Liam who died at six years old and are urging people to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting The Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.

“We had two and a half good years with Liam but unfortunately everything changed for the worse towards the end of 2012. Liam’s body was beginning to fail him. We got home and set about celebrating Christmas. Sadly it was to be our last one together,” remembers Mum Lynda from their home in Cratloe, Co. Clare.

Liam always had the job of turning on the Christmas lights. He enjoyed watching the tree being decorated and couldn’t wait to be wheeled in and out with his decorations. He even liked to be decorated himself! But the lights were always his favourite.”

“Liam brought a love to our lives that we could never have imagined. His death has given us a grief beyond belief. Our journey does not end here, it merely changes direction,” said the Foley family.

Every year 29,000 people in Ireland die and on average 10 people are directly affected by a death. This means 290,000 people will experience the pain of loss this Christmas.

You can remember your special someone this Christmas and support the vital work of The IHF as they help those nearing death or suffering from bereavement.

This unique Never Forgotten Appeal invites people to write a personal message to their loved ones which is handwritten into the 2018 Book of Remembrance. People can donate online at www.neverforgotten.ie. The 2018 Book of Remembrance will be proudly displayed in the IHF library throughout next year and you are always welcome to visit.

IHF CEO, Sharon Foley commented: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. Let’s cherish the memories of our loved ones who are deceased by making this a Christmas to remember.

“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way in which you can honour a loved one who has passed away. You can make a real difference to others at end of life or those left bereaved by supporting the appeal. All donations go towards the work of the IHF and providing better care for those who are at end of life or bereaved,” concluded Sharon.

The IHF relies on public donations to fund services. Its work includes:

•             helping people with illnesses other than cancer to die in the comfort of their home and               with dignity through Nurses for Night Care service.

•             supporting parents, guardians and professionals who care for grieving children and                young people through The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network. 

•             supporting IHF’s national bereavement services which deliver practical resources and               advice to the public as well as training and education to 3,000 healthcare staff annually               all over Ireland. 

Go to www.neverforgotten.ie to make a vital donation in memory of the one you love.