Launch of new Perinatal Bereavement Standards on 10th August


The HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death launched on 10th August with Daniel Nuzum as co-author. An exciting development and recognition of the role of chaplaincy in this vital area.

The new Perinatal Bereavement Standards can be accessed at…/NatStandsforBereavementCare.html..aa

Spirituality and Dementia : Free Lecture 10th March

The TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Spirituality Interest Group and Civic Engagement Committee are pleased to announce a public lecture.

Exploring spiritual assessment: definition, categorisation and features using a dementia-based scenario
Presented by: Professor Wilfred McSherry, Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People, Staffordshire University / Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

The subject of spiritual assessment in health and social care practice raises a number of conceptual, practical, organisational and ethical challenges. These challenges undoubtedly influence the nature and manner in which spiritual assessment is perceived, approached and undertaken. It also raises a number of questions about quality and governance and providing evidence for this aspect of care. The lecture will be structured around a dementia-based scenario detailing a hypothetical person living with dementia, with their family in crisis.

Professor Wilfred McSherry was appointed Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People in August 2008; this is a shared appointment between the Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University and the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (United Kingdom). Wilf is also part-time Professor at Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Bergen, Norway. He is director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He completed his doctoral studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in May 2005 researching ‘The meaning of spirituality and spiritual care: ‘An investigation of healthcare professionals, patients and public’s perceptions’.

Date: Thursday 10 March 2016

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Venue: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2.

This lecture is offered free of charge however pre-booking is advisable.

To book a place contact: Jeni Ryan

Lecture 20th February by Dr. Roger Lipsey : “Seers—and explorers—these we must be”:

Dr. Roger Lipsey – Author, Hammarskjöld: A Life

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905 – 1961), second Secretary-General of the United Nations, was both seer and explorer. A seer in the sense that, on the basis of deep loyalty to Christian mystical and ethical teachings (Meister Eckhart, Thomas à Kempis), he approached himself privately and the world’s strife and promise with penetrating vision. As well, he was an explorer, a peacemaker adept at advancing through rough terrain at the height of the Cold War. “One with your task, whole in your duty of the moment,” he wrote in his journal Markings. Addressing himself—and us all.

SpIRE is delighted to host a lecture with Dr. Roger Lipsey, American author of the acclaimed recent biography of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and of several books about the monk and author Thomas Merton.

Our world needs wise and courageous spiritual leadership. SpIRE offers the opportunity in this lecture to learn from Dag Hammarskjöld and his spirituality for our lives and times.

The SpIRE lecture will be on Saturday, 20 February 2016, at 11.00 am, in the Theatre of Gonzaga College, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Admission cost is €10.00 and pre-booking is essential.

***To book, email Michael O’Sullivan: