Programme – Forum on End-of-life conference 2017

Forum 2017 - Programme and Agenda

Time  Details  Speaker / Facilitator  
08.55 Musical Introduction
09.05 Introduction and welcome Jean McKiernan, Chairperson, Irish Hospice Foundation
09.10 Keynote Presentation Professor Jenny Kitzinger, University of Cardiff
09.40 What you said: results of the Have Your Say Survey Dr. Kathleen McLoughlin
10.10 Mary Holland Commemorative Lecture   Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness
11.00 Panel discussion.  Chair:  David McCullagh RTE journalist and broadcaster   Panel details :
  • Pain and what it means: Dr. Stephen Higgins
  • Grief and support: Helen Lambe
  • Dying at home: Dr. Tony Foley
  • What is the State’s role: Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Workshops: Exploring conversations in more detail   Workshop Options
  1. A. A Taste of Death Café: Eat cake drink tea and share thoughts on dying, death and bereavement. Founded by Jon Underwood and based on the work of Bernard Crettaz the Death Café objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. This workshop, facilitated by Limerick Death Café, will set aside time to discuss death without expectations in an open, respectful, creative and confidential space where people can express their views safely. Facilitators: Jennifer Moran Stritch and Sinead Dinneen.
  2. B.Planning for your future: What should we ask ourselves ? Workshop focusing on the personal conversation we need to have to plan for our future care and end of life plans; using the Think Ahead tool and an explanation of the updated legislation on capacity. Facilitators: Deirdre Shanagher and Ann Marie Atkins
  3. C. Children grieve too: Helping children cope with grief. Brid Carroll, Chair of the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, will explore how children grieve and how they can be supported.
  4. D. Working with grief: Supporting staff through loss and grief Grief and loss are part and parcel of the workplace environment and cannot be left at the door when we come to work.  Breffni McGuinness will lead the workshop on creating a supportive work environment for people who are bereaved.
  5. E. Ageing Matters: Living and dying well in residential care Challenging assumptions. What’s the reality and what can be done?’ Facilitators: Kate Steele and Journey of Change team
15.20 Conversations at end of life: Maintaining hope to the end  Bryan Nolan Irish Hospice Foundation
15.35 The work of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland & the future Sharon Foley, CEO Irish Hospice Foundation
16.05 Wrap up & entertainment
4.30 Conference Close
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