What is Forum 2021?

Forum 2021 is our 7th biennial national conference on dying, death and bereavement. During the pandemic, our expertise has been in demand more than ever. Forum 2021 will share what we and international experts have learned from this most demanding of times. This year it will take place online on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th October 2021.

This year’s theme is ‘Are we the same? The art of losing and building back better’. Each day begins with a scene-setting keynote, while each afternoon offers an opportunity to explore a narrower focus through parallel breakout sessions where short presentations are followed by a panel discussion.

Death, dying, grief and loss affect everyone at some point in life. If you have been bereaved or affected by grief, are a professional working in this space or simply curious, come spend some time in generous company to be better prepared.


Meet Our Speakers


“The greatest error is not to move. Speed trumps perfection.”

Opening speech by Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO 

“If you never know sorrow then you will never know love. And if you never know death then you will never know life.”

Keynote speaker Kevin Toolis

How can I return to work when the person who sat next to me has died?

Grief at Work Presentation by Breffni McGuinness

Why join us at Forum 2021?


Take time to reflect and remember the past 18 months with dying and bereavement professionals


What did we lose? What did we learn?
These two days will provide an opportunity to listen, reflect and learn


Are we the same? These interactive days offer a safe space to explore and understand dying, death and bereavement from wherever you are


Day 1

Day 1 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 know about understanding and planning for the end of life?

Day 2

Day 2 will bring us together on grief and bereavement. We will concentrate on grieving and coping with loss, individually and as we return to work. We will learn from both personal experience and professional engagement. 

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By attending Forum you can earn 6 CEU points from NMBI

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