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.
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
“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
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
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