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

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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 Presenters

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Dr Libby Sallnow

Palliative Medicine Consultant & Lead Author of the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death

Dr Julie Ling

CEO of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)

Speakers

A headshot of Paula O'Reilly, CEO of Irish Hospice Foundation, and a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Paula O’Reilly

CEO of Irish Hospice Foundation

A headshot of Guy Peryer, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Guy Peryer

Senior Research Fellow, University of East Anglia 

A headshot of Marese Damery, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Marese Damery

Healthcare Manager for Dying Well at Home Programme, Irish Hospice Foundation

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Angela Moore

Dying Well at Home report Focus Group Participant

A headshot of Eric Clarke, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Eric Clarke

 Curriculum Lead: Death, Dying and Bereavement at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

A headshot of Amy Gibney, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Amy Gibney

National Grief in the Workplace & Awareness Coordinator, Irish Hospice Foundation

A headshot of Margaret Ryan, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Margaret Ryan

End-of-Life Care Coordinator at St. Luke’s General Hospital

A headshot of Alyssa Chow, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Alyssa Chow

Medical Student, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

A headshot of Lisa White, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Lisa White

End-of-Life Care Coordinator in Naas General Hospital (NGH)

A headshot of Helen O'Driscoll, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Helen O’Driscoll

Manager, Cork Cancer Connect

A headshot of Caroline Schofield, a speaker at IHF Forum on End of Life 2024.

Caroline Schofield

Artist in Service to People at End of Life

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Jean Callanan

Chair of Irish Hospice Foundation

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James Murphy

Volunteer Drive for Cork Cancer Connect

Dominic Campbell

Arts & Creative Engagement Lead, Irish Hospice Foundation

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Dr. Felicity Hasson

Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster

Agenda

9:00 a.m.

Registration & Arts Screenings

Refreshments on arrival

9:30 a.m.

Opening Address

Dr. Orla Tinsley, Award-Winning Writer, Educator, Activist and Multimedia Artist

9:45 a.m.

Welcome – Reflections & Projections from Time to Reflect

Paula O’Reilly, CEO of Irish Hospice Foundation

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Keynote – A New Vision on Death & Dying: Recommendations from the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death

Dr Libby Sallnow, Palliative Medicine Consultant & Lead Author of the Report on the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Lightning Rounds – Our Community Responses to the Complexities in End-of-Life Care

  • Dying Well at Home: Supporting People to Die Well at Home in Their Community – Marese Damery, Healthcare Manager for Dying Well at Home Programme, Irish Hospice Foundation; and Angela Moore, Dying Well at Home Focus Group Participant
  • Project Search: Co-Designing Death Literacy Tools with People with Intellectual Disability – Lisa White, End-of-Life Care Coordinator, Naas General Hospital; and Sarah Gleeson, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at Naas General Hospital
  • A Resident’s Day: Person-Centred Advance Care Planning in Nursing Homes – Maureen Catterson, Clinical Nurse Manager at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home, Letterkenny
  • Talking About Cancer: Peer Support for Cork Cancer Connect Volunteers – Helen O’Driscoll, Manager of Cancer Connect; and James Murphy, Volunteer Driver for Cork Cancer Connect

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Morning Panel Discussion

Facilitator: Dr. Maeve O’Reilly, Consultant in Palliative Medicine & IHF Board Member

Panelists: Dr Libby Sallnow, Palliative Medicine Consultant & Lead Author of the Report on the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death; Dr Felicity Hasson, Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster; Angela Moore, Dying Well at Home Focus Group Participant; and Paula O’Reilly, CEO of Irish Hospice Foundation

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote – Building Blocks for Better Palliative 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

Facilitator: Paula Pinto, Programme Manager at All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

  • NHS England’s Policy Ambition: Each Community Is Prepared to Help – Guy Peryer, Senior Research Fellow, University of East Anglia 
  • Creative Communities Enhance Health – Dr Sheelagh Broderick, Healthy Ireland Lead for Arts & Culture; and Dominic Campbell, Arts & Culture Engagement Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation
  • Reflections from the Ombudsman – Ger Deering, Ombudsman

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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

Facilitator: Audrey Houlihan, CEO of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

  • Reviving Death and Grief in the Medical Curriculum – Eric Clarke, Curriculum Lead: Death, Dying and Bereavement at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; and Alyssa Chow, Medical Student at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Right, Legal, Cost Effective: Grief-Aware Workplaces – Amy Gibney, National Grief in the Workplace & Awareness Coordinator, Irish Hospice Foundation
  • Artists in Service at End of Life – Margaret Ryan, End-of-Life Care Coordinator, St. Luke’s General Hospital; and Caroline Schofield, Artist in Residence at St. Luke’s General Hospital

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Panel Discussion

Facilitator: Orla Keegan, Director of Education & Bereavement, Irish Hospice Foundation

Panelists: Julie Ling, CEO of the European Association for Palliative Care; Ger Deering, Ombudsman; Guy Peryer, Senior Research Fellow, University of East Anglia; and Eric Clarke, Curriculum Lead: Death, Dying and Bereavement at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Jean Callanan, Chair of the Board, Irish Hospice Foundation

Venue

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

6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

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