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National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland Conference 2015

“Dying to Talk? – Conversations about End of Life in Ireland.”

10 September 2015, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Forum 2015 is a biennial one day conference organised around a range of issues relating to dying, death and bereavement. The theme of Forum 2015 was “Dying to Talk?-Conversations about End of Life in Ireland.”

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Guest speakers included:

Katherine Sleeman

Dr Katherine Sleeman, Lecturer in Palliative Care Medicine, Kings College London

Katherine is a clinical doctor and academic in palliative medicine. Through her clinical and academic work, Katherine aims to improve the quality of life for people who are dying. Her presentation will explore the meaning of a good death, and the individual and societal barriers to achieving this.

Interview with Katherine Sleeman on a ‘good death’, where people die and enabling people to die at home

Mick Heaney

Mick Heaney will deliver the Mary Holland Commemorative Lecture. Mick is a radio columnist for The Irish Times and a regular contributor to the paper’s Arts pages. As a journalist and broadcaster, he has extensively covered all aspects of cultural issues over the past 20 years for a variety of publications and programmes, including RTÉ 1’s arts magazine The Works. He is a son of the late poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

Death Café:  At a Death Café people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. At Forum 2015 we have set aside time for a Death Café where people can discuss death without expectations in an open, respectful and confidential space.


Forum 2015 Videos – Conversations on death, dying and end-of-life

Dr. Katherine Sleeman, Lecturer in Palliative Care Medicine, Kings College London Dr Sleeman talks about what a ‘good death’ is, where and how do people die in the 21st century,  if we can change how people die and reduce inequality in hospice provision and talking about dying and planning ahead. Dr Ciara Kelly General Practitioner […] Read more >

Presentations from Forum on End of Life 2015

Dr. Brendan O’Shea Presentation    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________     Dr. Katherine Sleeman Presentation  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________       Bryan Nolan Presentation   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________   Dr. Niamh Collins Presentation   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________   Dr. Susan Delaney Presentation   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Aine McCambridge and Patricia Rickard Clarke Presentation      ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Read more >

Forum 2015 – Photo Mosaic Art Project

PAY TRIBUTE TO SOMEONE SIGNIFICANT IN YOUR LIFE In the lead up to Forum 2013 people throughout Ireland took part in creating a collective art piece; hundreds of pieces of hessian cloth decorated with the initials of a someone significant were joined together to form a unique tribute piece that was unveiled at the conference. Following on […] Read more >

Forum 2015 Photo Mosaic

  Here is the 2015 Photomosaic on display in the Irish Hospice Foundation offices.   Read more >

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