ICGB 2014

Conference Themes

Inter-disciplinary discussions on death, dying and bereavement will cut across the following 5 themes and 17 sub-themes to facilitate multicultural and multi-faith knowledge exchange on the understanding, promotion and implementation of end-of-life services. Parallel sessions will commence from 11th to 14th June 2014, taking the form of invited symposia, oral presentations, experiential workshops, panel discussions or poster presentations. Abstract submissions under each theme are welcome until October 31, 2013.



A. Death as Part of Life

1. Mortal Histories: Death in Mass Culture
  • Life and Death and Cultural Heritage
  • The Demography of Death
  • Death in Mass Media
  • Death Systems in the 21st Century
  • Emerging Issues of Death in Contemporary Societies
  • Mortality in Contemporary Arts
2. Existential and Philosophical Concerns in Death and Dying
  • Suffering in Death
  • Religious Views
  • Death Rituals
  • Rites of Passage
3. Education Perspective on Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Life and Death Education

B. Approaching Death

4. Hospice and Palliative Care: Challenges and Innovations
  • Development of Palliative Care in Different Cultures
  • Palliative Care in Special Patient Groups
  • Innovative Supportive Care Programmes
  • Public Health and Community Health Approaches in Palliative Care
  • Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives
  • End-of-life Decision Making
5. Assessment and Intervention for the Terminally Ill
  • Clinical Pathways
  • Assessment and Intervention
6. Integrative Medicine
  • Complimentary Alternative Medicine

C. Death of Loved Ones

7. Grief in Family Context
  • Widows and Widowers
  • Parental Grief
  • Children in Grief
8. Assessment and Diagnosis for Grieving Individuals
  • DSM V
  • SCID
9. Bereavement Care
  • Intervention Approaches
10. Disenfranchised Grief
  • Pet Loss
  • Miscarriage
  • Losses in LGBT
  • Bereavement of Persons with Intellectual Disability

D. Death in the Society

11. Lessons from the Dead Body
  • Causes of Death
  • Organ, Tissue and Body Donation
12. Death in the News: Private Grief and Public Intrusion
  • Journalist Ethics
  • Framing Death: Victims, Villains, Heroes and Saints
  • Social Construction of Grief and Death in the Mass Media
  • Grief and Death in the Social Media
  • Grief and Death Support Network through Social Media
13. Death and Environment
  • Cemetery and Cremation
  • Green Body Disposal

E. Special Topics

14. Violence, Trauma and Disaster
  • Natural Disaster
  • Violence
  • Accidents
  • Transitional Justice
15. Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide Bereavement
16. Care for the Caregiver
  • Professional Self Care
  • Carer-support
  • Carer Burnout
  • Professional Grieving
17. Research in Thanatology
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Themes