A NEW project undertaken by Milford Care Centre supporting bereaved people in the city was launched in Moyross last week.
The Compassionate Communities Project, a health-promoting palliative care initiative was launched in the Watch Cross House Community Library.
It works with individuals and groups and aims to enhance the social, emotional and practical support available for those living with the experience of death, dying, loss and care.
Head of education, research and professional development at Milford Care Centre, Kathleen McLoughlin explained the targets of the project.
“The aim is to empower people to engage with those who are living with the experience of death and dying,” explained Ms McLoughlin.
“It encourages people to talk about these issues,” she continued.
“The Compassionate Communities Project encourages people to come together themselves and it’s all about supporting the community,” she added.
The idea came to Ms Mcloughlin after she attended a health conference in India and saw how a similar project had worked there.
Locals turned out to see the launch of the project in the Watch House Cross Community Library.
Also present were Deputy Mayor of Limerick Cllr Michael Hourigan, and Limerick Compassionate Communities Project Co-ordinator Marie Richardson.
Ms Richardson has co-ordinated the project since January in the north west of Limerick city.
During the ceremony, children from the Corpus Christi school in Moyross teamed up with a group of singers from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick to deliver a rousing performance, before setting off 11 balloons in celebration.
This year Milford Care Centre put in a successful bid at the Second International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference which was held in Dhaka in January.
Milford are to host the third international conference, which will take place in April 2013 and will see delegates from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Bangladesh, England and Sweden visiting the city.
As part of the successful bid, the team from Milford Care Centre developed a short video, ‘Bill’s Story’, which can be viewed on YouTube and was shown at the launch of the project.
This video showed how the power of community can make a difference in the lives of those living with life threatening illness, facing death and experiencing loss.
Visit Compassionate Communities for more information on the project.