Forum 2021, our 7th biennial national conference on dying, death and bereavement, will take place online on Tuesday 5th (Day 1) and Wednesday 6th October (Day 2) 2021

Day 1 Tuesday 5th October

Times Session Speaker Details
10.30-10.45 Event Open. Assistance with log on available via Event Team
10.45-11.00 Settling Embrace Music
Sharon Murphy and Sadhbh O’Sullivan
Murmurations
A song cycle exploring our experience of loss
11.00-11.15 Welcome Sharon Foley
Chief Executive Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
Introduction to conference, overview, reflection on pandemic
11.15-11.35 Opening Address Dr Mike Ryan
Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme
Loss and COVID
A dedicated presentation by video to launch our two days of discussion by setting out the context of the pandemic and the situation that we find ourselves in
11.35-12.45 Keynote
and Q&A
Kevin Toolis
BAFTA winning writer, Emmy-nominated director/screenwriter, author and bardic poet
How an Irish wake teaches us to live, love and die
12.45-1.30 Lunch Break
1.30-1.45 Lunch & Learn Dr Maria Pierce
Research Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation
Assisted Dying: An International review of the situation and developments in select jurisdictions that have legalised voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted suicide
1.50-2.00 Introduction to parallel afternoon ‘Breakout’ sessions and housekeeping
2.00-2:15 Breakout A Host: Sharon Foley
CEO Irish Hospice Foundation
Dying, Death and Systems of Care
An Introduction
2.15-2.30 Breakout A Dr Paul Gregan
MB BCH BAO. MRCGP, MICGP, DCH, DOBS, CSCST Palliative Med
Learning from the pandemic
2.30-2.45 Breakout A Prof Cillian Twomey
Retired Irish geriatric medical consultant
Post-pandemic reflections from a retired (sort-of) geriatrician 
2.45-3.00 Breakout A Dr Shaun O’Keefe
MD FRCPI
COVID-19 and end-of-life care: new challenges and new pitfalls
3.00-3.30 Breakout A Panel Discussion and Q&A
2.00-2:15 Breakout B Host: Rebecca Lloyd
Public Engagement Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
Innovation, Death and Dying
An Introduction
2.15-2.30 Breakout B Bettina Korn
End-of-Life Care Coordinator, Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme, St. James’s Hospital
Innovation, Death and Dying
2.30-2.45 Breakout B Gordon Caldwell
Clinical Lead in Lorn & Islands
Changes in end-of-life care: A calm end of life in ordinary dying
2.45-3.00 Breakout B Joseph Behan
Funeral Director
Innovation and the environment around the funeral. What’s available now, what’s coming and the impact of technology
3.00-3.30 Breakout B Panel Discussion and Q&A
3.30-3.45 Closing Session Rebecca Lloyd
Public Engagement Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
Think Ahead
Are you ready to Think Ahead? An interactive quiz to help us all plan ahead
3.45-4.00 Closing Session Reflection in Poetry with Mary Shine Thompson
 

Day 2 Wednesday 6th October 

Times Session Speaker Details
10.30-10.45 Event Open. Assistance with log on available via Event Team
10.45-11.00 Settling Jean Pasley and Greg Burrowes
Showcase screening of short film Ship of Souls written and directed by Jean Pasley and produced by Greg Burrowes

11.00-11.15 Introduction Orla Keegan
Head of Education & Bereavement Services, Irish Hospice Foundation
Introduction to Day 2 of Forum
Reflections on Day 1
An overview of the loss and bereavement work at IHF with some reflection on how COVID-19 highlights the need for new developments
11.15-11.35 Opening Amanda Roberts
Bereavement Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
The Adult Bereavement Care Pyramid – a national framework for adult bereavement care in Ireland
11.35-12.45 Keynote
and Q&A
Lauren Breen
Associate Professor of Psychology at Curtin University, Perth
Learning to give, seek, and accept social support following loss
12.45-1.30 Lunch Break
1.30-1.45 Lunch & Learn Dominic Campbell
Arts and Cultural Engagement Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
IHF’s Seeds Grants
Supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, seeds grants make it possible for communities across Ireland to express and explore grief loss, death and bereavement
1.50-2.00 Introduction to parallel afternoon ‘Breakout’ sessions and housekeeping
2.00-2:15 Breakout A Host: Breffni McGuinness
National Bereavement Development Specialist for Workplaces with Irish Hospice Foundation
Grief in the workplace
An Introduction
2.15-2.30 Breakout A Dr Cliona Ní Cheallaigh
Consultant St James’s Hospital, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. Consultant Physician, Inclusion Health Service, St James’s Hospital
Death, grief and care in the workplace
2.30-2.45 Breakout A Linda Murray
Staff Officer at Technological University Dublin (TUD)
Supporting colleagues through loss
2.45-3.00 Breakout A Laura Doyle
Senior Human Resources Business partner and Head of HR at Distilled SCH
What we learnt from COVID – The Daft.ie experience
3.00-3.30 Breakout A Panel Discussion and Q&A
2.00-2:15 Breakout B Host: Avril Easton
Advocacy Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation
Bereavement and Innovation
An Introduction
2.15-2.30 Breakout B John Fitzsimmons
Bereaved husband, father of two
The Bereaved Dads Breakfast Club
2.30-2.45 Breakout B Frank Monahan
Architecture at the Edge

Paul Fahy
Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival
House of Memory is an IHF Seed Grant Scheme project, in partnership with the Creative Ireland programme.
Galway International Arts Festival collaborated with Architecture at The Edge to produce House of Memory as a memorialisation while COVID eased.
Together Frank and Paul reflect on the experience.
2.45-3.00 Breakout B Dr. Lucy Selman
Associate Professor in Palliative and End of Life Care, Founder Good Grief Festival
The Good Grief Festival, inspired by Lucy’s personal experience of loss, and her belief that through sharing experiences and knowledge we can find solace and support
3.00-3.30 Breakout B Panel Discussion and Q&A
3.30-3.45 Closing Session Jean Callanan
Chair, Irish Hospice Foundation, Marketing Strategist and CE of Momenta Hub, Non-Executive Director of An Bord Iascaigh Mhara
The ‘Reflections’ research initiative – An Introduction
Reflection on the two day conference and the way ahead
3.45-4.00 Closing Session Reflection in Poetry with Mary Shine Thompson
 

 

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