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It is based on results of the IHF ‘Have Your Say’ survey where almost 2,600 people across Ireland shared their views on what they feel is needed for a good death and in bereavement.
IHF CEO Ms Sharon Foley said: “This important charter was formed by public opinion and gives us a powerful tool to bring to Government. The charter received overwhelming support today from 350 delegates. The people of Ireland want to have their say about end of life. Being treated with and maintaining dignity matters to people. Many described their fear of pain, with access to adequate pain relief being vital. Care, dignity, comfort and pain were recurring words used by people.”
Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, commented: “As citizens and as a society we need to break the taboo that surrounds death. We need to assert clearly that when it comes to end-of-life we need more rights than the last rites. We need to support each other to develop a greater sense of personal responsibility and put effective systems in place to enable people to act responsibly. Talking about death is a useful first step.”