Thursday, May 19, 2011

End of life issues

In a week which, sadly saw Zurich in Switzerland vote massively in favour of keeping assisted suicide (see BBC report) it seems appropriate to return to dealing with end of life issues.

On a number of previous occasions I have written about the Forum on End of Life in Ireland and, although there have been many such occasions, I’d like to refer readers of my blog to them again now – in order to get an overall picture of the proceedings to date.   Here are the relevant dates: 29 March, 22 June, 30 June, 9 September, 5 October and 9 December 2009, and 22 June 2010.

The reason why I am coming back to the subject once more is that on Wednesday,
12 October 2011, a further meeting of the Forum will take place at Croke Park, Dublin, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.   The key theme of the day’s proceedings is ‘Resilience’.   Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness will chair the meeting and the guest speaker will be the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.  Conor O’Clery (foreign correspondent and author) will also speak.
Four ‘workshops’ will be held during the day – Carers, Preparing the Public, Spiritual and Psychological Support, The Medicalisation of Dying.

It is curious to note that part of the heading on the flyer giving details of the event includes the words Bás in Eireann  - i.e. ‘Death in Ireland’.  [Bás in Eireann should of course read Bás in Éirinn]. 

For further details and booking requirements please follow this link