Death and grieving are essential aspects of human experience and imagining. And yet, discussion of both remains heavily circumscribed.

This public forum to lifted the veil and peered into the unknown with special guests Dr Brooke Davis, Dr Fiona Jenkins and Dr Jennifer Rodger. Our speakers considered the nature of death and grief from three critical perspectives: literature, philosophy and neuroscience. They considered the manner in which stories may be used to translate grief, the nature of death itself, the ways in which death shapes the lives of the living, and the impact grief has on our brains. Our goal was to spark a conversation about mortality and our relationship to it, one that we hope will encourage greater critical reflection on cultural taboos that constrain the lived experience of loss.