Congress fair offers cross-professional exchange for trade and private visitors
After the successful re-start of the 13th LIFE AND DEATH with more than 4,000 visitors to MESSE BREMEN, the long-awaited premiere of LIFE AND DEATH Freiburg is coming up this autumn. In cooperation with Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM), the concept, which is unique in Germany, is also to conquer the south of the Republic in the future.
“One congress program, two dates – this allows us to significantly expand our catchment area and offer interested parties from all over Germany and neighboring German-speaking countries access to the event topics,” Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, to which MESSE BREMEN belongs, explained the decision for the second location in 2019. However, due to the corona pandemic, the premiere had to be postponed twice – on Friday and Saturday, 21st and 22nd. October 2022, the time has finally come.
Approach death in a surprising and lively way”
According to Susanne Kränzle, chairman of the Hospice and Palliative Association of Baden-Württemberg, the event is a great benefit for the region: “You will find something better than death everywhere, according to the Bremen city musicians. The Bremen trade fair LIFE AND DEATH, which has been established for many years, can now also be found in Freiburg in southern Germany. It’s great that we can approach the topics of dying, death and grief there in a surprising and highly lively way two days a year.” Visitors can expect a mixture of a specialist congress with accompanying trade fair as well as a supporting program with lectures, music and literature for those affected and interested citizens. Under the title “Is there ice cream in the sky?” Experts from palliative care, hospice, grief support, pastoral care and funeral culture focus on children and adolescents in death and grief support.
Diverse and cross-professional lecture program
Anyone who has ever visited LEBEN UND TOD Bremen knows about the variety of topics and cross-professional exchange. These special features will also be available at Messe Freiburg,” says project manager Meike Wengler. Ivana Seger, expert in animal-assisted therapy in the palliative sector, brings her two therapy dogs with her. Jens Terjung, pastor at the Freiburg Hospital, draws attention to pastoral care for siblings. In his lecture, he takes up questions from affected parents from everyday hospital life and shows how he and his colleagues deal with them. Susanne Haller, head of the Elisabeth-Kübler-Ross-Akademie in Stuttgart, explains how mindfulness practice and commitment strategies for caregivers and caregivers help to stay fit in the job.
Chris Paul, one of the most renowned grief experts in Germany, devotes himself to a supposed taboo topic, suicide. She knows the challenges of adult caregivers to talk to children and adolescents about death. On LIFE AND DEATH, she talks, among other things, about the suicide risk of young people when they learn of the suicide of a loved one and how adult caregivers learn to deal with anger and accusations of guilt.
“It is important to us to offer child-specific topics as well as content that plays a role in adult support,” says Wengler. “Often they are similar problems and challenges, for example with ethical questions or the self-care of the accompanying. We specifically promote the exchange between full-time and volunteers, whether from grief support or palliative care. This is part of our concept, which has been working successfully in Bremen for 13 years and which we are now bringing to Freiburg.”
Trade fair for private and trade visitors rounds off concept
Also part of the concept is the diverse trade fair, which consists of commercial providers – for example urns or aromatic oils – but also of self-help groups, associations or faith communities. “We take some exhibitors from Bremen who are active nationwide with us. But of course there are also many regional contact persons in Freiburg. The participants particularly appreciate the mixture of products and content – ideal for networking and for looking outside the box,” says Wengler.
Participation in the LEBEN UND TOD Freiburg is possible both live on site and digitally from home. For both variants, the participants receive care points of the registration of professional carers (RbP). The trade fair ticket is available from 7 euros and access to the congress from 25 euros.
More information and registration: www.leben-und-tod.de
About LIFE AND DEATH LIFE AND DEATH is a nationwide unique mixture of specialist congress and trade fair around the topics at the end of life. The congress as an industry meeting place, network platform and source of inspiration is aimed at full-time and volunteers from nursing, palliative care, hospice, grief support, pastoral care and funeral culture. At the accompanying trade fair, exhibitors present their products and services to the experts as well as to private visitors. Open lectures offer helpful tips and contact persons on topics such as living will, prevention, grief management and funeral options. The offer is rounded off by a diverse and life-affirming supporting program with live music and readings.