Main Conference


Tapestries of Grief

22 Sep 2021, 2:30pm – 5:30pm (Singapore Time)
23 Sep 2021, 9:30am – 12:45pm (Singapore Time)
24 Sep 2021, 9:00am – 3:30pm (Singapore Time)
  1. Improve grief and death literacy among the professionals and providers of services related to death and dying.
  2. Explore how the ecosystem could better weave support for the bereaved (healthcare, social care, community, workplace, etc.)
  3. Showcase the work of different stakeholders for cross-sector learning

Target Audience:
Social Workers, Counsellors, Therapists, Educators, Doctors, Nurses, Grassroots and Community Workers, Faith workers, Funeral directors and professionals in grief, bereavement and death-related services.

Conference Fees:

CategoryEarly Bird Rate
(closing date 20 Aug 2021)
Regular Fee
Main ConferenceSGD428SGD535

All rates inclusive of 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

You can register for either the pre-conference workshop, main conference, or both.

Tentative Programme
(updated as at 21 Jul 2021)

Day 1 - 22 Sep 2021
(2:30pm – 5:30pm)

2.30 pm

Tapestries of Grief in the community

2.40 pm

Welcome remarks

Ms Chee Wai Yee, Chairperson, GBC 2021 Organising Committee

2.50 pm

GOH speech

3.00 pm

Opening Keynote

Examining the tapestries of grief through the lens of the dual-process model

Professor Margaret Stroebe, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

3.50 pm


4 pm – 5.30 pm

Plenary 1 + Q&A

Theme : From Research to Practice: the Forward Journey

Dr Lee Geok Ling , National University of Singapore
Ms Chee Wai Yee, Grief Matters
Dr Susan Cadell, University of Waterloo, Canada 

Day 2 - 23 Sep 2021
(9:30am – 12:45pm)

9.30 am – 11 am

Concurrent Workshop 1 
(3 Tracks)

Track 1
Healthcare Track

A1 – Enhancing Grief Support in Healthcare

Dr Alakananda Gudi,
Singapore General Hospital

Ms Tan Ching Yee,
HCA Hospice Care

Ms Venus Ther,
Psychosocial and Spiritual Care Workgroup, Singapore Hospice Council

Track 2
Practice Track

B1 – Spectrum of interventions

Track 3
Community Track

C1 – Learning from the experts: Living with Loss

Ms Rachael Chew,
Co-Founder, Mental Health Collective SG

Ms Felicia Tan,
Founder, Art Of Life Circle

11 am – 11.15 am


11.15 am – 12.45 pm

Concurrent Workshop 2 
(3 Tracks)

Track 1
Healthcare Track

A2 – Caregiving and grief

Prof Amy Chow,
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Track 2
Practice Track

B2 – Multiplying the healing power

Ms Lydia Foo &
Ms Ng San San,
Children’s Cancer Foundation

Track 3
Community Track

C2 – Grief and death literacy

Ms Jolene Chiang,
Grief Matters

Mr Arnold Leung,
Hong Kong

Ms Carine Tan,
Our Grandfather Story

Day 3 - 24 Sep 2021
(9:00am – 3:30pm)

9 am – 9.20 am

Virtual Memorial Service

Hosted by:
HCA Hospice Care

9.30 am – 11.15 am

Concurrent Workshop 3 
(3 Tracks)

Track 1
Healthcare Track

A3 – Professional Self in Grief Support

Dr Ho Lai Peng,
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Track 2
Practice Track

B3 – Service Models and Competency Building

*Prof Lee Yuh Chain (Li Yu-Chan),
National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taiwan

Dr Carolyn Ng,
Associate Director, 
Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

*Presentation in Mandarin (with English handout). Q&A will be in English and Mandarin.

Track 3
Community Track

C3 – Meaning Making in Loss and Grief

11.15 am – 11.30 am


11.30 am

Plenary 2 + Q&A

Theme: Promoting Bereaved-Friendly Practices

Mr Calvin Tang, The Association of Funeral Directors Singapore
Prof Lin Qiyun, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taiwan
Ms Peh Cheng Wan, Viriya Community Services

1 pm – 2.30 pm


2.30 pm

Closing Keynote

Bereavement support in Australia: weaving care through health and community partners

Associate Professor Lauren J Breen, Curtin University, Australia

3.20 pm – 3.30 pm

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

Dr Patricia Neo, Chairperson, Singapore Hospice Council