The Digital Legacy Conference 2021 – ‘PalliCovid & New Dimensions’

The Digital Legacy Conference 2021 will take place on the 5th October 2021. This year’s conference will feature as part of the European Association of Palliative Care’s World Congress and the theme of the Digital Legacy Conference will be ‘PalliCovid & Exploring New Dimensions’. 

The world we knew has changed. COVID-19 has unleashed chaos and the new normal is yet to be defined. The importance that communication technologies have had on our lives and the ways in which people think about death, say their goodbyes and remember their loved ones is changing.

“I tell you: one must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star. I tell you: you still have chaos in yourselves.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Nilay Erdem, Facebook Stakeholder and Engagement (EMEA) speaking at the Digital Legacy Conference 2019, EAPC 2019 in Berlin, Germany. 

Despite the chaos, moving and memorable moments have taken place. Compassionate, person centred care by professionals, final goodbyes being said through mobile phones and care home residents being reunited with their loved ones following months of social distancing measures.

Palliative care, healthcare and social care professionals have developed new, online communication skills, innovations have launched and new ways of working adopted.

Jennifer Muldowney, The Glam Reaper speaking at the Digital Legacy Conference 2018 at LetsReimagion New York in Siena College New York, USA.  

The Digital Legacy Conference 2021 will examine how COVID-19 has changed and accelerated society’s attitudes around 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.

Dr Ros Taylor MBE and Professor Mark Taubert speaking at the Digital Legacy Conference 2019, EAPC 2019 in Berlin, Germany. 

Following a series of conferences in London, New York and Berlin the Digital Legacy Association will be running this year’s Digital Legacy Conference online. The event will be streamed live simultaneously on the Digital Legacy Association website and on the EAPC website. The conference will include an array of international speakers sharing their experiences, discussing research, highlighting new ways of working and examining areas of best practice. 

Call for Abstracts

the call for abstracts is now open. The Digital Legacy Association is encouraging abstract submissions from professionals, academics and the general public in areas relating to:

  • Death in today’s digital world
  • Digital death and COVID-19
  • Digital legacy, digital assets and digital estates
  • Grieving online
  • Digital graveyards
  • Utilising technology to deal with death
  • Digital memory loss
  • Funeral streaming
  • Laws and terms of service around digital assets and digital legacy
  • Preparing for a digital death
  • Artificial Intelligence and death
  • Robotics and death
  • Death, Cryptocurrency and other digital financial assets
  • Death and Virtual Reality
  • Best practice in the wake of COVID-19
  • Diffusion of information and adoption
  • The patients perspective
  • The changing role of the professional

To submit an abstract click here

Tickets for this year’s Digital Legacy Conference are priced at £20. EAPC badge holders are able to attend the conference for free.

The Digital Legacy Conference is a not for profit event run by the Digital Legacy Association.

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