Full Programme Announced!


Programme of 150+ speakers and 100+ events to help people who are grieving

We are delighted to announce our full programme of virtual events for Good Grief Festival this March 27th and 28th, featuring talks, interviews, comedy, spoken word and 60 hours of on-demand content in The Grief School. 

We will be joined by dozens of speakers and artists including international grief expert David Kessler; children’s author Michael Rosen; rap artist GuvnaB; comedians James AcasterSeann Walsh and Ed Gamble; palliative care doctors and bestselling authors Rachel Clarke and Kathryn Mannix; the UK’s leading grief expert Julia Samuel MBE and bestselling authors Katherine May (Wintering) and Catherine Mayer (Good Grief: Embracing Life at a time of Death). 

As always, our programme will combine practical help and insight alongside a creative line-up of events exploring love and loss, including What Harry Potter Teaches us about GriefReflections on Death + DyingThe Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult TimesFinding Your Grief Tribe, and The Grief Gift: Finding Meaning + Purpose after Loss

In The Grief School, you will find 60 hours of searchable on-demand content – including talks, webinars and workshops – relating to specific types of grief. Recorded at previous Good Grief events, contributors include Peep Show’s Robert Webb, GriefCast host Cariad LloydProfessor Alice Roberts, author Nikesh Shukla and chef and food writer Valentine Warner. This content will be available to watch whenever you like over the festival weekend. 

Supported by charity partner Marie Curie, Good Grief Festival is also hosting six free virtual events for the National Day of Reflection. Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music) will explore the healing power of songs in grief, special guests including Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter will join together for A Moment of Reflection to mark one year since the first lockdown, and Anneka Rice and Dr Rachel Clarke will join a panel of thinkers and creators to consider how we can find hope and meaning beyond Covid-19. 

Good Grief has also teamed up with the Loss Foundation to host a special Comedy Roulette night on Saturday, March 27th with an incredible line-up of 11 comedians brought together by Tom Deacon.  

It’s free to attend all events over the festival weekend. Recordings will also be available to watch shortly 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 all Good Grief events at your fingertips, just after they happen. 

Good Grief is a collaborative event led by the University of Bristol and supported by charity partner Marie Curie and the National Lottery Community Fund.