Read Eileen’s Story

Derek and Eileen Pugh

Eileen has experienced one of the greatest traumas any of us could face – losing the love of her life, her wonderful husband Derek – all too early. He received a completely unexpected bowel cancer diagnosis.

And today, Eileen still grieves, but is still thankful and positive, and still wants to help others.

Derek with his daughter, Aisling and grandchildren, Alba and Charlie.

”The year before Derek’s diagnosis, our youngest daughter, Sinéad, had given me some Sunflower seeds, to connect with her while she was away for the summer. On Derek’s last Father’s Day ten months before his death, our four daughters made beautiful inspirational signs about Sunflowers and
placed them carefully all around the garden.

In a way they were prophetic and became little aids to help with grief and loss but also a celebration of
how we were coping together.

Derek with one of the Sunflowers in their garden

One of them became our family motto: Be like a Sunflower. Face the light and the shadows will stay behind you.’’

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Hospice Sunflower of Life 2022

Make a gorgeous dedication for a friend or loved one and, in their name, support vital hospice care.

Will you make a gorgeous dedication in memory of someone special? – It’s so easy to take part!

  1. All you have to do is click on the ‘Make your dedication here’ button below and enter the names of those you wish to honour – €5 per name
  2. We will place them on a beautiful sunflower dedication card
  3. We will place your beautiful sunflower card in the hospice garden of your choice

Blackrock Hospice

If you usually like to have your card placed in the garden at Blackrock, you may know that the garden is closed as the hospice undergoes a major refurbishment project. But don’t worry, we will still place your sunflower card in the hospice garden of your choosing at Harold’s Cross or Wicklow. So all of your beautiful dedications will still be part of our special Sunflower of Life Remembrance Ceremony.

Sunflower of Life Remembrance Ceremony

Unfortunately, we can’t invite you to view your card in the hospice gardens as we continue to keep our patients and residents safe. However, a beautiful Sunflower of Life Remembrance Ceremony will be filmed and you’ll be able to view it online here on Sunday 3rd July.

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Hospice Sunflower Days – National Street Collection

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June

This year we will see the return of Hospice Sunflower Days collections to streets and shopping centres, in Dublin and Wicklow, on Fri 10th & Sat 11th June – keep an eye out for our volunteers selling our lovely Sunflower Pins, Teddy’s and much more.


If you can help us this year by volunteering, please get in touch on 01 491 1072 or email

You can also purchase sunflower gifts online below:

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