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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative and end of life care is the active, holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. This is an integral part of the care delivered by all health and social care professionals, and indeed by families and carers, to those living with, and dying from any advanced, progressive and incurable conditions. Palliative and end of life care focuses on the person rather than the disease and aims to ensure quality of life for those living with an advanced non-curative condition.

A palliative care approach includes:

  • managing physical symptoms
  • providing emotional, spiritual and psychological support
  • social care, including support for personal care and everyday tasks
  • support for those important to the person (NICaN).


Further information on Palliative Care:

Palliative Care in Partnership: 

What is Palliative Care Marie Curie:

Caring for someone with a terminal illness:

All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) is a leading organisation with national and international influence promoting excellence in palliative care. For more information please visit All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

The Palliative Hub – An All Ireland Gateway to Palliative Care Information:

End of life care and palliative care:

Voices for Care – volunteer group to improve the palliative care experience of people with life limiting illnesses and their families:

LGBT+ booklet: Getting Care and Planning for the future:

Finding Helpful Resources for LGBTQ+ People living with a terminal illness:


Community Support / Befriending

Compassionate Communities NI committed to connecting communities through compassionate action and changing attitude and behaviour towards life, age, death and bereavement. For more information please visit Compassionate Communities NI. 

Marie Curie Companions provide free emotional and practical support – at home, in hospital or over the phone. For more information please visit Marie Curie Companions.

Marie Curie Online Community. For more information please visit Marie Curie Community | Care & support through terminal illness.

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