Limerick is set to host the first International Compassionate Cities Summit on 7th October 2016 at the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick.
The International Compassionate Cities Summit is a day for the people of Limerick to come together to hear more about Milford Care Centre’s groundbreaking Compassionate Communities Project. This inspiring project has touched the lives of many people in the Mid-West through its community Café Conversations, the Good Neighbour Partnership and the seed grants awarded to community initiatives that encourage people to talk more openly about illness, death, and bereavement.
At the summit, a draft action plan will be launched outlining how Limerick, through the City and County Council, will work toward becoming recognised as a Compassionate City by Public Health Palliative Care International. This is a day that is open to everyone in the City and promises to be an inspiring event. In addition to keynote presentations by leaders from Spain, the UK, India and Ireland; there will be a Death Café, a performance of the play TALK – Think Ahead Limerick and sharing of stories by people living with advanced illness. The Summit will explore how we talk with children about loss – Helen Culhane from the Children’s Grief Project will present; how we can support people in residential care to talk about death and the important role florists and funeral directors play in a Compassionate City.
Dr Kathleen McLoughlin, Milford Care Centre’s Compassionate Communities Coordinator, said “We are so proud that Limerick is leading the way in exploring how cities and towns can implement the new Compassionate Cities Charter to become recognised as communities that place civic society at the heart of illness, dying, death and bereavement. The Summit is a coming together of the very best examples of how we can support each other in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, places of worship – in all of our communities – to make a difference in life’s most testing experiences.”
The International Compassionate Cities Summit is supported by the All-Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care, The Irish Cancer Society, Maynooth University and The Irish Hospice Foundation.
Further information and registration (just 25 euro includes lunch) are available through Milford Care Centre’s website here
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