The First International Online Bereavement Conference

Online Conference
Event Time
Saturday 28 November 2020

Category Conferences, Health

Responses to Loss and Grief from the Covid-19 Pandemic: Personal, Professional and Political

Chaired by Professor Lynne Gabriel, Director, York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Centre.

Co-chair and conference organiser Dr John Wilson, Director, Bereavement Service, York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Centre

This powerful event brings together inspirational speakers from the UK, US and New Zealand. The theme of the conference focuses on the personal, professional and political responses to bereavement from and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conference provides a contemporary context in which to engage with key players and international leads in the field of bereavement and loss. We are facing global challenges in relation to Covid-19 bereavement, loss, trauma and associated mental health challenges. Now, more than ever, we need collaboration and connected personal and professional communities to support those who have been bereaved. 

This event will be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders including: individuals and organisations working in mental health, grieving people and families, researchers, frontline and mental health practicioners, counsellors and therapists, pressure groups and public health workers. 


We are offering a self-select fee so that delegates can choose a registration fee that is appropriate to their budget, between £20-£40. 

Key Notes

When Grief Goes Viral: Psychological Assessment and Intervention in the COVID Crisis 
Robert A Neimeyer, PhD

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Porou, PhD, B Soc Sci (With 1st Hons), MNZAC 

George A Bonanno, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University 

Papers (Alphabetical Order)

Professor Divine Charura, Professor of Counselling Psychology York St John University.
Trauma, love and loss rethought: Covid-19 as a shadow in the light of our interconnectedness.

Jo Goodman, Founder, Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK.
Stories of Loss, Campaigning for Justice.

Andy Langford, Clinical Director, Cruse Bereavement Care UK.
The responses of CRUSE to the Covid Pandemic.

Deborah Lewis, founder, Covid19 Families UK.
Supporting Covid families on social media.

Paul Parsons, Bereavement Service Coordinator St Christopher’s Hospice.
Adapting our bereavement service to the changing COVID-19 environment.

Alison Penny, Director, Childhood Bereavement Network. Coordinator, National Bereavement Alliance.
The bereavement sector’s responses to the challenges of the pandemic – What further support is needed by families and by services.

Professor Andrew Reeves, Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), Fellow, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. 
Personal and Professional Reflections on Covid-19 Loss and Grief. Dr Lucy Spelman University of Bristol The effects of Covid-19 on Bereaved Families.

Dr Lucy Spelman, University of Bristol.
The effects of Covid-19 on Bereaved Families.

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