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Milford Care Centre offers Bereavement Support Education Programme

Milford Care Centre offers Bereavement Support Education Programme

Milford Care Centre is offering a Bereavement Support Education Programme, commencing on the 20th September 2017 and will run over 12 consecutive Wednesday evenings with a non-residential personal development weekend on 6th – 8th October 2017. Fees apply and some bursaries are available.

 The Bereavement Support Education Programme aims to offer insight and awareness into the issues and dynamics of grief and loss from death. It provides information and education about bereavement in various circumstances: personal, social and cultural. The course uses a combination of teaching methods and presentations including group work, lectures and personal exercises.

 The Bereavement Support Education Programme will appeal to a wide variety of people in their private and professional lives who have contact and concern for the bereaved.


Milford Care Centre is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. It was first established by the Little Company of Mary Sisters in 1928 and now provides Specialist Palliative Care and Older Persons Services in the Mid West. Its Board of Directors and Management Team oversees its service delivery and fundraising activities.

The ‘History of Milford’ started with the Little Company of Mary establishing the nursing home in 1928 and then in 1977, they decided to dedicate nine of those beds as palliative care beds.

In 2000 a Day Care Centre was introduced covering palliative care (two days per week) and older person’s care (three days per week).  The first Consultant in Palliative Medicine was appointed.

In 2003/2004 the Hospice at Home service was expanded on a pilot basis and, this having been successful, further growth in this service commenced in late 2006 and a consultant-led multi-disciplinary team is now in place.

In 2007 the Centre was accredited by the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board and was the first facility to be accredited for both palliative care and nursing home care.

Building work took place during 2007/2009 and accommodation was provided for the medical, Hospice at Home and Education, Research and Professional Development services, assessment and treatment facilities and additional Day Care space.

In 2010 further development funding was made available by the HSE which, among other things, allowed the Day Care Centres to extend their operations.  Today Older Persons Day Care runs five days a week and Palliative Day Care opened for a third day.

A third Consultant in Palliative Medicine was appointed in August 2011.

 If you are interested or would like to get more information, please contact Carol Byrnes (Social Work Department) at [email protected] or 061 485800

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