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‘Putting Your House in Order’ series of FREE events about the End of Life

‘Putting Your House in Order’ launch; in attendance are; front row, from left, solicitor Sharon Cahir, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan, Anne Rizzo, Regional Age-Friendly Programme Manager, Ireland West, Rebecca Lloyd, Public Engagement Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation, back row, from left, Jillian Robinson, Community Engagement Officer, Limerick City and County Council, alongside members of the Older Peoples Council, Una Breen, Paddy Hyland, Mary Cronin, National Chair of Older Peoples Councils of Ireland, Eamonn McQuade, Pat Begley, Pearl Walsh, Mary Hallinan and Elizabeth Stanley.
Picture: Diarmuid Greene

‘Putting Your House in Order’ series of FREE events about the End of Life

It is that topic that most people avoid talking about – the End of Life.

But it is an important one to discuss, especially if you have specific wishes or plans that you want to be carried out.

What happens if a loved one becomes incapacitated? What happens when a loved one dies? Do they have special requests? What happens with their estate? Do they have a will?

These are all very important questions that need to be discussed. Limerick City and County Council and Age-Friendly Limerick are helping you by hosting a series of events over the month of February 2020, called ‘Putting Your House in Order’.”

Traditionally we don’t like to talk about planning for what happens in the case of a medical emergency, where a person cannot make decisions for themselves or making known their wishes for when they die. This planning is essential so that a person’s family can plan according to their wishes, not their best guess for what the person would have wanted.

‘Putting Your House in Order’ Information sessions will be held in each of the municipal districts across the county and will give advice on a range of topics under four main headings:

  • Care Preferences– Advance Healthcare Directive, Designated Healthcare Representative, Life-Sustaining Treatments, CPR etc.
  • Legal– Enduring Power of Attorney, Making a Will etc.
  • Financial– Bank Accounts, Insurance, Life Assurance, Credit Cards, Tax Affairs, Pensions etc.
  • When I Die– Organ/ Body Donation, Post-Mortem, Funeral and Burial Arrangements etc.

The session will be delivered in two parts, the first part will cover wills, enduring power of attorney and other legal issues, and will be delivered by a solicitor.

Putting Your House in Order

The group in attendance at the launch of the ‘Putting Your House in Order’. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

The second part of the event will be delivered by a representative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). They will focus on the other three headings, Care Preferences, Financial and When I Die, and will guide attendees through filling out the “Think Ahead” book, published by the IHF.

The ‘Putting Your House in Order’ events are FREE but places are limited so booking is essential.


Locations and dates:

  • Thursday 06 Feb– Istabraq Hall, Limerick City and County Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick
  • Friday 07 Feb– The Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, County Limerick
  • Monday 10 Feb– The Longcourt Hotel in Newcastle West, County Limerick
  • Thursday 13 Feb– The Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, County Limerick
  • Friday 14 Feb– Istabraq Hall, Limerick City and County Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick

Registration for each event takes place from 10.30am on the particular day, with sessions beginning at 11am until 2.30pm, with a mid-point refreshment break.

For more information or to book a place at one of the events, please contact [email protected] at 061557541 or [email protected] at 061 557353.

The events are a great opportunity for people to think about what their wishes are, and it is worth pointing out that this is not limited to older people. These are matters that should be considered no matter what stage of life you are at, young parent, empty nester or older person.

For further information, see here.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.