Finite Lives: a report on how the civil service deals with dying death and bereavement among its own members

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/583483
Title:
Finite Lives: a report on how the civil service deals with dying death and bereavement among its own members
Authors:
O Donnell, Marie Louise
Affiliation:
Seanad Eireann
Issue Date:
3-Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/583483
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
This report researched and written by Independent Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, says each Government Department and Agency should develop a comprehensive and relevant bereavement policy, to be reviewed annually. The study from which the report arises was initiated by the Taoiseach. Senator O’Donnell aimed to establish how the Civil Service deals with in service death, bereaved colleagues, serious illness and people facing loss and challenges in their lives. Senator O Donnell ‘s survey found that 75 Civil Servants died in service in the last two years and almost 7,000 were bereaved in the same period. The report points to a need across Departments and Agencies to put in place a range of measures to better support bereaved staff including having a comprehensive bereavement policy including staff training, protocols for a return to work following a bereavement and provision of ongoing support to bereaved staff. Arising from the study the report recommends all Departments and Agencies should support their staff in planning for end of life. The report suggests use of the Irish Hospice Foundation Think Ahead programme, which helps people plan, discuss and record their wishes in the event of serious illness or death.
Keywords:
DEATH AND DYING; BEREAVEMENT; PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS
Local subject classification:
Civil Service

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO Donnell, Marie Louiseen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-09T13:00:45Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-09T13:00:45Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12-03en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/583483en
dc.descriptionThis report researched and written by Independent Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, says each Government Department and Agency should develop a comprehensive and relevant bereavement policy, to be reviewed annually. The study from which the report arises was initiated by the Taoiseach. Senator O’Donnell aimed to establish how the Civil Service deals with in service death, bereaved colleagues, serious illness and people facing loss and challenges in their lives. Senator O Donnell ‘s survey found that 75 Civil Servants died in service in the last two years and almost 7,000 were bereaved in the same period. The report points to a need across Departments and Agencies to put in place a range of measures to better support bereaved staff including having a comprehensive bereavement policy including staff training, protocols for a return to work following a bereavement and provision of ongoing support to bereaved staff. Arising from the study the report recommends all Departments and Agencies should support their staff in planning for end of life. The report suggests use of the Irish Hospice Foundation Think Ahead programme, which helps people plan, discuss and record their wishes in the event of serious illness or death.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectDEATH AND DYINGen
dc.subjectBEREAVEMENTen
dc.subjectPUBLIC SECTOR WORKERSen
dc.subject.otherCivil Serviceen
dc.titleFinite Lives: a report on how the civil service deals with dying death and bereavement among its own membersen
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentSeanad Eireannen
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