Good Grief Event

You can now watch 60hrs of recorded events from Good Grief Festival on the Grief Channel for a one-off payment of £20.

Discover The Grief Channel

Grief School: Grieving During Covid-19

In this Grief School panel discussion, we’ll talk to experts about grief and bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ll discuss the nature of this unique context and how Lockdown and other restrictions have impacted our ability to grieve.

The discussion will be led by Dr Lucy Selman, founder of the Good Grief Festival and co-lead of the University of Bristol’s Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group. Dr Selman will be joined by Andy Langford, Chief Operating Officer of Cruse Bereavement Care.

Panellist Paul Kefford is a life-centred Funeral Celebrant and end-of-life doula who has facilitated Death Cafés. Following his diagnosis of a manageable life-limiting illness, Paul became a celebrant and independent death scholar. He was previously a Samaritan listener and is a trained bereavement counsellor.

We’ll welcome Fatima Khan-Shah, a public and patient engagement and involvement professional who specialises in health, social care and education. Fatima is also a Patient and Public Voice Partner with Health Education England and NHS England. Since March 2020, Fatima has experienced two bereavements.

Two academics with interest in this field are also on our panel. Dr Nicholas Long is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and Dr Emily Harrop is a Research Associate at Cardiff University with a focus on end-of-life care and bereavement.

Have you been bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic? Anyone in the UK bereaved since the 16th March, of any cause, is invited to participate in a new national study that aims to give voice to all those grieving at this time, and ensure they are supported – please visit   

Good Grief online events are free to attend. All Grief School events will be available to view from 09:00 on Friday, October 30th until 19:00 on Sunday, November 1st. You’ll receive a reminder email to tune in 24hrs beforehand.


Dr Lucy Selman