Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny is today being unveiled as “the voice” of the Irish Hospice Foundation and HSE’s new national bereavement counselling service for those suffering loss.

The support line – the first of its kind in the country – was set up by the foundation to provide comfort to those who were bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic, but forced to grieve alone.

Enda Kenny has voiced radio advertisements for the new service. He says grief, if not properly dealt with, can prolong agonies and dominate people’s lives.

The new national bereavement support line will be available Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm so people can talk confidentially on freephone 1800 80 70 77.

Irish Hospice Foundation CEO, Sharon Foley says many have found it hard to grieve during the pandemic.

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