Death, dying, and grieving today have become unbalanced. Health care is the context in which many encounter death and as families and communities have been pushed to the margins, their familiarity and confidence in supporting death, dying, and grieving has diminished.
Relationships and networks are being replaced by professionals and protocols. In January 2022, the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death outlined a new vision for death and dying. At its core were two ideas. The first is to recognise death systems—the many inter-related social, cultural, economic, religious, and political factors that determine how death, dying, and bereavement are understood, experienced, and managed. The second is to acknowledge that the disadvantaged and powerless suffer most from the imbalance in these systems, leading to the inequities observed at these times.
In this webinar, Libby Sallnow, Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission summarises its findings and how they can be operationalised by Integrated Care Systems in partnership with the communities they serve. She is joined by Michael Little, an intervention scientist with a long track record of using science to inform major system reform programmes, and Pritpal S Tamber, a scholar of the link between community power and health.
This webinar is of relevance for Integrated Care Systems and Boards, health and social care professionals, public health professionals, local authorities, community development workers, the voluntary sector, foundations, policy makers and academics.
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