On October 5th and 6th 2021 from 11.00am to 4.00pm, Irish Hospice Foundation will create a safe space to examine our relationship with dying, death and bereavement at our online conference Forum 2021 on Dying, Death and Bereavement: Are we the same? The art of losing and building back better.
Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme will open Forum 2021. Dr. Ryan will share his reflections on the past eighteen months, what he has learned, what gives him hope and how the world can move forward into recovery.
Kevin Toolis, writer, director, poet, TED talk speaker and author of the acclaimed memoir ‘My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die’, a seminal work on Irish wakes. Kevin will speak about how an Irish wake teaches us to live, love and die.
Here is a quick look at what else you can expect from this year’s event:
Day 1 Tuesday 5th October will challenge our thinking about dying.
We will look at the way we care for people at the end of life and what is new, what is innovative, and what is emerging from the pandemic. What should every single one of us should know about understanding and planning for the end of life?
Day 2 Wednesday 6th October will bring us together on grief and bereavement.
We will concentrate on grief, bereavement, and coping with loss, individually and as we return to work. We will learn from personal experience and professional engagement in these matters.