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The Elephant in the Room: normalising conversations around death and bereavement

This session will consider how we might approach conversations around death and bereavement and explore inhibitions that may be present to hamper these discussions.

This session will consider how we might approach conversations around death and bereavement and explore inhibitions that may be present to hamper these discussions.

Finding out what encourages open conversations and what helps us all to listen to others who want to talk about these topics. Addressing our anxieties, keeping the conversation going and not being afraid to get it wrong. Is there a right thing to say? Having conversations and sharing worries, fears and wishes usually alleviate isolation and dread.

Drawing on the work of Kathryn Mannix, and others, the session will shine a light on these areas and identify sources of apprehension and ways to enable  conversations to take place with confidence.

The University of Chichester has for some years led on professional conversations on ‘dying matters’ in relation to children and adolescents, learning disabilities and dementia.  Conferences and events have been delivered in close collaboration with partner agencies such as St Wilfrids Hospice, Chichester.

On a national level, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant UK death toll which has situated issues of loss and bereavement at the forefront of the public consciousness.

Lead Speaker

Marie Price is a registered social worker and contributed to Community Care Live in both 2020 and 2021.

Marie, along with her colleague Dr Denise Turner, has published joint work in Qualitative Social Work and in Community Care, as well as presenting together at the International Federation of Social Work Conference in Vienna, 2019.  This joint expertise at both local and national levels places Chichester in a uniquely strong position to build research and knowledge exchange activity in the fields of loss, change, death and dying.

Marie has excellent networks with local hospices, the West Sussex Children’s Bereavement Forum as well as representing the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers.

Registration

To register your interest in attending this event. please email:

Marie Price: m.price@chi.ac.uk

Masters level credit accumulation

Upon registration participants wishing to attend the 3 events may be able to accumulate masters level credits plus access to the University of Chichester – MA Advanced Professional Practice.

Attendance certificates and academic credits will also be available for those registering for the conference.

Event details

Monday 28 Feb 2022

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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