Since our first virtual festival in October 2020, Good Grief has hosted 120 free events attended by over 17,000 people including talks, interviews, webinars and workshops.
For too long, death and grief have been taboo subjects in our society leaving many people feeling alone and unsupported in their darkest hours.
The aim of all of our events is to normalise the conversation around grief and show that it is a natural – and even transformative – part of life instead of something to be feared and locked away.
Our mission is to host a highly engaging programme of events that brings people together to gain insight, hear stories they can relate to and hopefully find support and healing as part of the Good Grief community.
Our events run across two live streamed festivals in March and October with a programme of free webinars in between. Our next festival will take place on October 30th and 31st 2021.
“Thank you for being a space for me to feel seen, heard and validated! I have felt more
connected to others in the past two days than I have since my Dad died last year.“I am crying tears of happiness. So much shared grief and sadness, but so much love and support. Just wow.”
We’re back this October with a packed programme of 30 free events. Our ‘virtual festival of love and loss’ will explore the universal human experience of grief through panel discussions, conversations and workshops.
We have 70+ amazing speakers including Ruby Wax; Julia Samuel MBE (This Too Shall Pass, GriefWorks), Robert Macfarlane (The Lost Words, Underland), Sarfraz Manzoor (Blinded by the Light; Newsnight); Kathryn Mannix (With the End in Mind, Listen), Raynor Winn (The Salt Path); Oscar-winning producer Mia Bays; the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway; YouTuber Ryan Arey (ScreenCrush) and actress Isaura Barbé-Brown (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).
Talks during the festival will include: Ruby Wax in Conversation with Julia Samuel; The Poetry + Music of Loss with Robert Macfarlane; The Superhero’s Guide to Grief; The Secrets + Lies We Leave Behind; The Dead Parent Club; How Nature Holds us in our Darkest Times; Fright Night: Grief in Horror; The Comfort of the Big Beyond: Grief + Spirituality; How to Have Life Changing Conversations.
We’ll also have a series of short Grief Chats, curated by The Grief Gang host Amber Jeffrey, bringing together two people with a shared experience of grief to tell their stories including: people from the refugee and LGBTQ communities; two people with learning disabilities; two people who are caring for loved ones with dementia; and women who have been through miscarriage.
And, for the first time, Good Grief Festival will have a wellbeing area with workshops for those who are going through grief, including breathwork, mindfulness, yoga and sound healing. And there will be a number of Death Cafes hosted by Memorial Woodlands throughout the weekend.
It’s free to attend all events over the festival weekend. Recordings will also be available to watch on-demand after the festival on The Grief Channel, with closed captioning available. Sign-up to the Grief Channel for just £20 for one year and you will have access to over 150 previous Good Grief events at your fingertips.
Good Grief is a collaborative event led by the University of Bristol and supported by charity partner Marie Curie.