'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes'
Benjamin Franklin

As a futures organisation focused on the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change, we work across the lifecourse, including its beginning, and end.

That's why the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference will host a debate on
'The Future of End'.

The Future of Ageing Conference 2017
Wednesday, 29th November
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

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Will we live forever, or die in style? Will the dead keep tweeting, and can we continue to take selfies with the deceased? Are funerals as we know them outdated, or are the hearse and black suit here to stay?

The debate, chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE (Chief Executive, ILC-UK) will feature:

Professor Douglas Davies (Director, Centre for Death and Life Studies)

Prof. Davies is Professor in Durham University's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and one of the UK's foremost experts on death, dying and ritual.

Click the image to watch Douglas Davies discuss innovations in British death rituals

Louise Winter (Founder, Poetic Endings)

A professional funeral celebrant and Founder of Poetic Endings, an alternative funeral directors based in London, Louise believes that 'A funeral doesn't have to be like the ones you've been to in the past'.
Read more about Poetic Endings and Louise's innovative approach to funerals in her June 2017 interview with The Guardian.

Dave Eaton (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, ILC-UK)

Dave holds an MA (Res) in Digital Thanatology for his thesis on Death and Social Media. He will be discussing the changing ways in which we might remember the deceased in the future. Find out whether virtual reality means that those who have passed away can continue to live online, and whether the deceased will keep on tweeting.

Louise Winter will also kindly be running a Death Café during lunch.
Click here to find out more about Death Cafés.

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