Why YOU should attend the virtual Digital Legacy Conference THIS Tuesday!
The Digital Legacy Conference 2021 will examine how COVID-19 has changed and accelerated society’s attitudes and behaviours in relation to end of life planning, death and bereavement. It will review the impact of COVID-19 on Palliative Care (#PalliCovid) whilst ‘exploring new dimensions’ in the online and digital space.
Changes in processes, frameworks and laws are taking place. In the UK for example, people are currently allowed to have their last will and testament virtually witnessed. Technology platforms are evolving and society is aware of the positive, psychological impact attending virtual funerals can have. We have seen an increase in the variety of ways in which people are remembered through virtual memorials and different ways in which communication technologies like Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp can enable remote death bed goodbyes.
It is important that both professionals and the general public understand this emerging area. Once understood communication and end of life planning can be improved.
Who is the Digital Legacy Conference for?
Everyone is welcome to attend however the information shared is especially relevant to social care, healthcare, palliative, hospice, bereavement, legal, policy makers, academics, charity and funeral professionals.
As we all look ahead to the winter months, it is important that we share information and best practice amongst us. It is important that we celebrate excellent levels of care and support provided in different contexts and in different sectors. Through sharing and reflecting both speakers and attendees will be able to apply what they learn to their own practice and improve levels of communication and care with the communities they serve.
4:00pm: Welcome to the new world, a new world in which we all inhabit – Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Palliative Physician. Former Clinical Director at Hospice UK, Medical Director at Michael Sobell Hospice and Harlington Hospice. Trustee at Nightingale Hammerson Care Home & James Norris, Digital Legacy Association, MyWishes & Michael Sobell Hospice (UK)
4:20pm: Why Nothing We Do Online Will Exist After We Die and That’s Ok. – Dr John Troyer, Bath University
4:40pm: Life, death… Shouldn’t we talk about it with students? Issues arising from the creation of an online platform for the French medical and school staff – Nicolas El Haïk-Wagner & Caroline Tête, French Society for Palliative Care
5:00pm: Netiquette for Dealing with Illness, Death, and Grief: Has COVID-19 impacted the rules? – Dr Carla Sofka, Siena College
5:20pm: The posthumous privacy paradox: Privacy preferences and behavior regarding digital remains – Tal Morse, Hadassah Academic College & Michael Birnhack Tel Aviv University
5:40pm: “They were part of the family” – a look at grieving for a pet online. – Stephanie Owens, Cochrane and Dying Matters
6:00pm: Digital Executor®: Unraveling the New Path for Estate Planning – Sharon Hartung, Captain (Ret’d), PEng, TEP, is the founder of Your Digital Undertaker
6:20pm: Digital afterlife and the spiritual realm – Maggi Savin-Baden, University of Worcester, UK
6:40pm: Why creating a digital shrine for my Dad helped me with my grief. – Sandy Weatherburn, Social Embers
7:00pm: Designing for death, evolving DeadSocial into MyWishes – Marcos Sebastian, MyWishes Design Lead
7:20pm: Living beyond death; who cares? – Dr Erica Witkamp Professor Care for Family Caregiving, Faculty of Nursing and Research Center Innovations in Care, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Rob Bruntink, Journalist, Owner of Bureau MORBidee, The Netherlands & Judith Rietjens, Associate professor, Dept. of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands
7:40pm: Designing for Choice at the End of Life: does COVID-19 Shift our Collective Experience of Death Online? – Dr Stacey Pitsillides, Northumbria University
8:00pm: Cryptocurrencies, Cryptoassets, and Inheritance Planning – Pamela Morgan, Empowered Law
8:20pm: Palliative Pandemic and its Digital Divides – Professor Mark Taubert, Cardiff University
8:40pm: Digital Legacy and the idea of life as a work of art – Steve Fuller, University of Warwick
9:00pm: 2040: Death, bereavement and digital legacies – Maneesh Juneja, Digital Health Futurist (Keynote)
9:40pm: Closing remarks – Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Palliative Physician. Former Clinical Director at Hospice UK, Medical Director at Michael Sobell Hospice and Harlington Hospice. Trustee at Nightingale Hammerson Care Home & James Norris, Digital Legacy Association, MyWishes & Michael Sobell Hospice (UK)
The Digital Legacy Conference is free to attend for EAPC 2021 ticket holders. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased for £20 using the button below.
*The Digital Legacy Conference is a not for profit event run annually by the Digital Legacy Association. It is able to take place each year due to the kind support provided by sponsors, supporters and volunteers. If you or your organisation is interested in sponsoring this year’s conference click here.
Previous Digital Legacy conferences have taken place at UCL Partners (London), Sienna College (New York), EAPC (Berlin) and St Joseph’s Hospice (London). If you would like the Digital Legacy Conference 2022 to take place at your conference, congress, university, office or place of research please do get in touch