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Good Grief announces first mini-festival about ‘Grief + Memory’

Dr Lucy Selman (back), Dr Lesel Dawson (left) and Aisling Mustan (right)

Dr Lucy Selman (back), Dr Lesel Dawson (left) and Aisling Mustan (right) Good Grief Festival

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Press release issued: 18 October 2022

Good Grief's first mini-festival – exploring 'Grief + Memory'- will take place next week [Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October] with a number of live and on-demand virtual events.

Since its launch in 2020, the virtual Good Grief Festival, founded by Dr Lucy Selman from the University of Bristol, has reached over 25,000 people. Speakers and participants have come from all walks of life, including academia, journalism, medicine, sport, politics, and the arts, united in sharing their knowledge and experiences of grief.

The Festival team, which includes Dr Selman, arts and culture lead, Dr Lesel Dawson from Bristol’s Department of English, and Aisling Mustan, Event Director, have announced a new direction for the Festival.

"To best serve the fantastic community built up over the last two years, and in response to feedback from them", they said, "we have decided to offer a programme of one-day mini-festivals spread out over the coming year. Each mini-festival will have its own theme with speakers and events built around that theme."

The hugely popular Grief Channel, a spin-off from the original Festival, now has its own YouTube channel, with all its content free to access and share. This was another development sparked by feedback from Festival attendees and made possible with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Channel features over 120 talks from Good Grief festivals and events, with familiar faces like Julia Samuel, Cariad Lloyd, David Kessler, Michael Rosen, Nikesh Shukla, Ruby Wax, Stuart Lawrence, Dr Rachel Clarke, Dr Kathryn Mannix, Amber Jeffrey and Professor Robert Neimeyer.

In another development, later this year the team will launch a new website, the Grief Hub, providing curated resources and signposting to a host of organisations and content from charities and groups across the UK.

Dr Lucy Selman, Associate Professor from the Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group and the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol, said: "The aim of Good Grief is to normalise the conversation around grief and show that, while it can be incredibly tough, grief is a natural part of life and can actually help bring people together, instead of being something to be feared and locked away.

"Our mission is to share knowledge and stories that people can relate to, and, we hope, provide support and healing to the Good Grief community."

The first mini-festival will take place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October on the theme of 'Grief + Memory'.

The online events are all FREE to attend. To sign up visit the Good Grief Festival website.

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About the Centre for Academic Primary Care
The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) at the University of Bristol is a leading centre for primary care research in the UK, one of nine forming the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. It sits within Bristol Medical School, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for population health research and teaching. 

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