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Compassionate Communities address palliative care

WHEN it comes down to it, we’re all heading in the same direction; we’re all on the same journey and, sooner or later, we’ll all end up in the same place. As Benjamin Franklin put it, “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. We’re prepared to talk about taxes: income tax, capital gains tax, DIRT tax, PRSI, the USC, property tax, VAT and the latest tax, water charges – but very few of us want to talk about the other thing. There is one person though who doesn’t mind talking about death. Dr Kathy McLoughlin, project co-ordinator of Compassionate Communities in Milford Care Centre (MCC), is encouraging us to begin talking about death and to ‘Think Ahead’. And she wants communities and neighbours and, indeed, all of us, to help her to do away with the fear and stigma that surrounds our final departure; to develop a healthier attitude to dying and death. …

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