Palliative Care Week (8 – 14 September) aims to raise awareness of the difference palliative care can make to patients, carers and families.

“I would definitely recommend a hospice, because a lot of people would be out there doing it all on their own and not realise that help is there for them.”

Chris Herdman, dad to Aideen who attends the HSE Special Care Unit, Navan.

Watch this video where Chris, who features in this week’s Palliative Care campaign, talks about the difference palliative care has made to his family.

Planning Lead for Palliative Care, Sheilagh Reaper-Reynolds says;

“Palliative care services are vitally important for people, like Aideen, living with a progressive illness, that may limit or shorten their lives. By raising awareness around palliative care, we hope more people will feel encouraged to think about how palliative care could help them”.

Watch the videos of all those who are taking part in the Palliative Care Week campaign here

For more information on palliative care in general, visit

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