Public asked to contribute to unique photo mosaic to be unveiled at major End of Life conference in Dublin

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Forum on End of Life, an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), is seeking hundreds of photographs to create a unique digital mosaic which will be unveiled at Forum 2015, the 4th biennial conference on End of Life, in Dublin Castle on September 10th.

This year’s conference will feature a “Death Cafe” where people can discuss all aspects of dying and breathe life into the conversation as they drink tea and eat cake.

The key note speaker is Dr Katherine Sleeman, a lecturer in palliative care medicine at Kings College in London who will talk about having a good death.

Journalist Mick Heaney, son of the late Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney, will deliver the Mary Holland Commemorative Lecture, and popular broadcaster Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell will address the afternoon session. RTE’s Claire Byrne will chair the morning session, while Broadcaster Dave Fanning is chairing the afternoon session.

To be part of this interactive art piece, people can submit a photograph of a loved one, living or dead. It can take the form of a family portrait, a snap of an important occasion, a treasured memory or a moment of laughter or tears. It can be old or new, in colour or black and white. All photos are welcome.

Once received, the images will then be brought together with the help of computer art experts, Pollytiles, into a special photo mosaic image which will be unveiled on the day.

CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), Sharon Foley, encouraged members of the public to pay tribute to a special person in their life by submitting a photograph.

“This is a chance to celebrate the people who influence our lives, the people who can make us laugh, who pick us up when we are down, who tell us when we need to shape up and who care about us enough to stick around when things get tough. If you want to celebrate someone, or more than one great person in your life, then this is a simple way of paying that tribute.”

To get involved in this very special project just email your image to:

The closing date for the receipt of photos is Friday, August 28th 2015.

This latest project follows on from the hugely successful interactive artwork of Forum 2013, when hundreds of people sent in pieces of hessian cloth decorated with the initials of loved ones. The finished piece will also be on display at Forum 2015.

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