Another way to support our work is by making a donation to Northern Ireland Hospice in memory of your loved one.
This is a very meaningful way to commemorate their life while helping us to provide specialist nursing care and support over 3,000 local people each year.
Request donations in lieu of flowers at your loved one's funeral
Long after floral tributes have withered, donations in lieu of funeral flowers can continue making a real difference to the lives of our patients and their families. We can appreciate that this is a particularly difficult time for you but if you wish to do this your Funeral Director will oversee this process on your behalf. If you wish we can provide donation envelopes.
The average cost of a floral tribute is £30 which could fund one hour of specialist hospice care for a local patient.
Set up a Northern Ireland Hospice Tribute Fund
A Tribute Fund is a really special way of supporting Hospice and also of keeping the memory of your loved one alive. For many families it can provide a positive focus amidst their immense loss. You can make donations on special occasions such as a birthday or anniversary, by setting up a direct debit, creating a fundraising page online or by organising a fundraising event.
When your Tribute fund has reached £1,000 a plaque with your loved one’s name will be placed on a butterfly sculpture in the Woodland Trust’s Monkstown Wood and you will be invited to a special Remembrance Service in the spring during which a tree will be planted.
Local man Ricky Kilpatrick was diagnosed with terminal cancer in December 2012. Shortly afterwards he was admitted to the Adult Hospice for end of life care before sadly passing away in March 2013.
His daughter Ann was so overwhelmed by the difference hospice care made to her Father and the entire family that she set up a Tribute Fund to commemorate him whilst raising vital funds for hospice services.
“We were devastated to learn that Daddy’s illness was terminal. It was such a shock for us all but Hospice was there for us every step of the way. They cared for Daddy, supported us and made those final months easier. Daddy was a real family man and he really wanted to spend his last Christmas at home with us. Thanks to the nursing team his wish was fulfilled and he came home on Christmas Eve for a few days. Being together at that special time meant the world to us all and we’ve such wonderful memories of it.
We set up a Tribute Fund as a meaningful way to commemorate Daddy but as a way of ensuring that this wonderful service is there for other families facing a similar situation. We miss Daddy so much but this fund has given us a positive focus”.
The Northern Ireland Hospice Book of Remembrance
Our Book of Remembrance is a beautifully presented handmade book in which your loved one's name can be entered providing a lasting tribute to them. It is on display in Hospice and each day it is opened at the appropriate date. It can bring a little comfort to view the book on special occasions such as a loved one's birthday or anniversary.
Hospice care is free to those who need it but we have to raise over £3million each year to provide this service. As the population continues to age, demand for hospice care continues to grow.