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Thu, 08 Sept


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Dying in the digital age: Are you prepared?

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Dying in the digital age: Are you prepared?
Dying in the digital age: Are you prepared?

Time & Location

08 Sept 2022, 12:00 – 13:00 BST

via Zoom


About the Event

This free webinar from the International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person features insights from leading international practitioners in end of life care in relation to assisted dying.   


Navigating the business of death online: planning for and managing our digital remains, assets and memorialisation

Dr Bjørn Nansen

This presentation will survey the current landscape of technology, innovation and regulation in the business of online death. It will discuss the extent of digital remains left behind after our deaths, and provide examples of the growing range of businesses offering services for the management of these remains.  In surveying these products and services, this presentation will cover examples and issued associated with more practical questions of digital estate planning, bequeathing and managing digital assets, as well as more existential questions related emerging possibilities for digital memorialisation, posthumous communication, or AI-assisted persistence after death. The talk will conclude by highlighting some nascent policy responses seeking to regulate digital estate management.

Death and dying in the metaverse - what can we expect?

Dr Amara Nwosu

Abstract to follow.

Questions and Answers

Moderated by Associate Professor Mark Boughey

Questions can be submitted using the Chat function during the webinar. 


Dr Bjørn Nansen

University of Melbourne, Australia

Bjørn Nansen is a researcher of digital technologies in family life, and member of the DeathTech research team exploring questions at the intersection of death and technology in society.  He is the author of Young Children and Mobile Media: Producing Digital Dexterity (2020, Palgrave), co-author of Death and Digital Media (2018, Routledge) and Digital      Domesticity: Media, Materiality, and Home Life (2020, Oxford University Press), and co-editor of Residues of Death: Disposal Refigured (2019, Routledge). With a particular focus on emerging socio-technical practices, his current projects investigate family tracking technologies and digital memorialising.

Dr Amara Nwosu

Dr Nwosu is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Care at Lancaster Medical School and the Research lead for Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool and a former Research Scholar for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) North West Coast Clinical Research Network (CRN)). Clinically, he works as an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Care at the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Dr Nwosu is the podcast Editor for the ‘Palliative Medicine’ journal (SAGE Publications). 

Associate Professor Mark Boughey

University of Melbourne, Australia

Associate Professor Mark Boughey is the Director of Palliative Medicine & Deputy Director of the Centre for Palliative Care, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia.  He has over thirty three years of experience in the palliative care sector, with leadership positions within Australia  and International initiatives, organizations and programs.  He continues to strive and advocate for palliative care excellence and its universal integration in health care, where people feel valued and understood, needs are recognized, and appropriately responded to.


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