The Value of Death: bringing death back into life | Annual Conference 2022

This year our annual conference will be looking at the recent report of the Lancet Commission The Value of Death: bringing death back into life. We have partnered with Full Circle Funerals and are co-arranging the conference together.

How people die has changed radically over recent generations. Death comes later in life for many and dying is often prolonged. Death and dying have moved from a family and community setting into the care of health systems. The roles of families and communities have receded as death and dying have become unfamiliar and skills, traditions, and knowledge are lost.

The Value of Death: bringing death back into life

Our conference themes are based on the recommendations of the Lancet Commission report, The Value of Death: bringing death back into life (.pdf) which sets out five principles of a realistic utopia, a new vision of how death and dying could be. The five principals are:

  1. The social determinants of death, dying, and grieving are tackled
  2. Dying is understood to be a relational and spiritual process rather than simply a physiological event
  3. Networks of care lead support for people dying, caring, and grieving
  4. Conversations and stories about everyday death, dying, and grief become common
  5. Death is recognised as having value

During the conference we will be focussing on the principles highlighted in bold above. We are delighted that a representative from the Lancet Commission, Dr Ros Taylor will be joining us to share their recommendations.

Speakers

We have a great line up of speakers including:

Dr Ros Taylor MBE | Palliative physician with a special interest in the holistic approach to cancer care. Former Clinical Director at Hospice UK. Medical Director at Michael Sobell Hospice and Harlington Hospice.

Principle 1: The social determinants of death, dying, and grieving are tackled

  • Dr Rachael Moss | Research Fellow in the Inequalities Research Unit at Bradford Institute of Health Research
  • Karen Hagreen | Registered nurse working in palliative/ end of life care in Calderdale

Principle 3: Networks of care lead support for people dying, caring, and grieving

Principle 4: Conversations and stories about everyday death, dying, and grief become common

  • Pete Townson | Learning and Development Manager at Lippy People based in Leeds – video storytelling with positive personal and social impacts.

Stands

In addition to illustrate Principle 4, we will have stands showcasing local best practice in bringing conversations and stories about everyday death, dying and bereavement. Confirmed stands include: Antonia Rolls, artist;  Leeds Museums and Galleries; Heather Cooper from Good Grief Guiseley; Diane Shiletto, artist; Continuing Bonds at the University of Bradford, Ben Buddy Slack, from The Swan Song Project, Northern Death Doulas, The Grief Series and Thanatos Books.

Cost

Cost for the conference is £30 including refreshments. Parking at the Thackray Medical Museum is £4 per day. Concession prices are available please contact info@lbforum.org.uk for more information.

Booking information

To book your place please visit Eventbrite.

Download a copy of the Conference Schedule (.pdf)

Feedback from previous conferences

“Absolutely wonderful and heart breaking at the same time. So much to take away. Thank you.”

“Very interesting and well presented. Given me lots to think about.”

“LBF – you have got it so right this year, spot on speeches, spot on subject, spot on conference. Well done. Thank you.”

“Excellent day. Very informative and great use of different ways to engage the audience.”

“Feeling inspired the whole day. Brilliant conference this year. Enjoyed the interactions and feeling part of – enabling self exploration and hearing people’s real life stories and experiences.”

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