IHF Forum on End of Life 2024

Dying & Grieving Well in Our Communities

February 27, 2024 | Dublin, Ireland

IHF Forum on End of Life 2024

Dying & Grieving Well in Our Communities

February 27, 2024 | Dublin, Ireland

What Is IHF Forum on End of Life 2024?

This year marks our 8th biennial national conference on dying, death and bereavement. As we reflect on the lessons of the last few years, we also look forward to how we can shape our communities of care to better help one another to die and grieve well, wherever the place.

We return to our in-person format on Tuesday, February 27 at Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin 2.

This year’s theme is ‘Dying and Grieving Well in Our Communities.’ We will welcome important keynote speakers, lightning round presentations, panel discussions, and parallel sessions to bring discussions to life in a practical and actionable way.

Death, dying and grieving happens in every setting, and we experience them in our communities of interest, as well as the communities we live an work in. We invite policy and decision-makers, professionals, researchers, funders, and community workers to attend and contribute to these ‘Courageous Conversations.’

Keynote Speakers

A headshot of Dr. Libby Sallnow, who is a keynote speaker for IHF Forum on End of Life 2024, hosted by Irish Hospice Foundation.

Dr Libby Sallnow

Dr Libby Sallnow is a palliative medicine consultant with CNWL NHS Trust in London, UK, an honorary senior clinical lecturer at St Christopher’s Hospice and the UCL Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, UK and a guest professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. She has helped lead and develop the fields of new public health approaches to end-of-life care, compassionate communities and social approaches to death, dying and loss over the past two decades in the UK and internationally. She is an Honorary Consultant at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care in Kerala, India and the first author of the new Lancet Commission on the Value of Death: bringing death back into life (2022).


Julie Ling

Julie Ling has been CEO of the European Association for Palliative Care since January 2015. The EAPC is the leading palliative care organisation in Europe, representing 57 member associations from thirty countries across Europe and with individual members from 52 countries globally. The EAPC is currently a partner in over twenty European Union funded research projects. Originally a nurse, Julie has worked in palliative care for thirty-five years in both adult and children’s palliative care. She has held a variety of posts in clinical care, management, research, policy and the voluntary sector. As a former Health Research Board Research Fellow, she successfully completed a PhD by research. Julie also has an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Julie is also Chair of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance, a global palliative care organisation that lobbies and advocates for the provision of palliative care as part of universal health coverage. Since July 2021, Julie has been a Consultant Technical Officer for the World Health Organization European region. In this role, she provides technical support to member states on the development and strengthening of palliative care.


9:00 a.m.

Arrival & Arts Exhibition

9:30 a.m.

Opening Address

9:45 a.m.

Welcome – Highlights from “Time to Reflect”

Paula O’Reilly, CEO of Irish Hospice Foundation

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Keynote – Multisystem Approaches to End of Life Care: Recommendations from the Lancet Commission Report on the Value of Death

Dr Libby Sallnow, Palliative Medicine Consultant

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Presentations – The Irish Context – Our Community Responses to the Complexities in End-of-Life Care

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Morning Q&A Panel

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote – Navigating Complex Systems of Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Julie Ling, CEO of the European Association for Palliative Care

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Breakout A – Co-Designing the Future of Dying & Grieving in Ireland

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Breakout B – Talking & Learning About Death & Grief in Our Communities

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Q&A Panel

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks


IHF Forum 2024 is taking place at the Royal College of Physicians – Heritage Centre

6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

See you at IHF Forum 2024!