Compassionate Communities

Compassionate Communities Northern Ireland is committed to changing attitude and behaviour towards life, age, death and loss through raising awareness and education in partnership with individuals, communities and organisations.

Helping Us All To Live Well Until The Very End Of Life

The Cause


We believe that death and dying are social issues as well as a medical issue.

Sadly, many people impacted by advanced illness and age frailty report feeling lonely and socially isolated.  Loneliness and social isolation negatively impacts a person’s mental, emotional and physical health, the damage to health is widely accepted to be equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

The reality is that people living with advanced illness, age frailty, their informal caregivers and those people living with bereavement experience a ‘social death’ long before and after a physical death.


Our Aim

To improve the experiences of death, dying and bereavement for everyone in Northern Ireland.




We are committed to raising peoples awareness to the challenges that face people when dealing with death, dying and loss, and to promote a compassionate response that will support people on their final journey and the continued journey for those they leave behind.  These people we understand to be vulnerable and valued.

We also know that talking and planning for death and dying helps us to live better.  That is why we promote the importance of seeing end of life as part of life and making decisions about our own end of life journey.

Our Programmes

Our programmes encourage conversation, facilitate compassionate support and promote practical planning  for future care needs and end of life.

Final Chapters

Education for Everyone

What you need to know about Palliative Care and End of Life Care

Advance Care Planning

Everyone’s Responsibility

Wellbeing is important, and it’s important right up to the end of our lives.

Compassionate Conversations

Let’s talk death and dying…

Normalising conversations about death and dying.

Compassion in Action

Compassionate Neighbours

Information and guidance on how to reach out and offer emotional and practical support

The Heart of Living and Dying

How much time do we spend thinking or talking about the things that are important in our lives or planning ahead?

Comfort Packs

Comfort Packs containing basic hygiene essentials provide comfort to patients and their families when they are admitted to hospital.


Keep in touch with what we are doing

Get in Touch

For more information on our programs and work streams

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