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Good Grief – A Festival of Love and Loss from 30 October to 1 November 2020, is an online event led by Dr Lucy Selman, a health researcher at the Centre for Academic Primary Care and co-lead of the University of Bristol’s Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group

The Wellcome Trust funded event was initially planned for May this year but has since moved online - and grown - with an impressive line-up of over 100 speakers and 70 events.  The programme offers talks, workshops, and a Grief School to improve our understanding of grief and the ways we experience loss. Each session is facilitated by a bereavement organisation and features 'experts through experience', academic researchers, or authors, artists and performers.

The programme's Grief Chats offer participants the opportunity to have intimate conversations with guests who have experienced grief and the premature loss of loved ones.

Dr Selman said: “The aim of the festival is to throw wide open our ideas about what grief is, how it affects us both individually and collectively, and to be creative about how we think about and respond to grief. We have a hugely diverse range of speakers who have explored in more personal and creative ways the different faces of grief and the myriad paths through it. 

“Death, dying and grief can too often be viewed as a series of medical events. The Good Grief festival will explore personal, social and cultural meanings and invite new perspectives to help us deal with grief and loss. 

“Health professionals are in a unique position to support people experiencing grief and many are at the sharp end of bereavement themselves at this time. The festival will empower everyone who takes part to talk openly about grief and think about the diverse ways it manifests and is experienced.” 

Press release from the Centre for Academic Primary Care: Good Grief Festival – health professionals invited to take part

Good Grief is a collaborative event led by the University of Bristol, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and supported by charity partner Cruse Bereavement Care. 

The festival is free and open to all. Book now at