Linda Magistris, Good Grief Speaker

Linda Magistris to host Good Grief Festival


Bristol’s virtual Good Grief Festival is thrilled to welcome Linda Magistris, CEO of The Good Grief Trust, as its in-studio host. The majority of speakers will be joining us online from their own homes, though a few special guests and key speakers will be live in our studio over the event, which runs from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2020.

Linda, a successful actress and businesswoman, founded the Good Grief Trust to help support bereaved people after she lost her partner Graham to a rare form of cancer in 2014. Her own experiences of struggling with grief led her to realise that more could be done to unite bereavement services to better support those in need.

Linda said, “The six years since Graham’s death have been enlightening and a real¬†journey of discovery. I’ve woken up to the reality of life and death, and realised the urgent need to join the dots across the country, to bring us altogether to share our stories and to try to make things a little better for all of us who lose someone we love.

“I am passionate about trying to ensure no-one falls through the net, and have dedicated the past four years to setting up this charity. I am very proud of everything we have achieved in such a short space of time.”

Read more about Linda here, or follow The Good Grief Trust on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Linda’s events as part of Bristol’s Good Grief Festival are outlined below.

Am I Grieving Right?

Linda will host this panel discussion between Julia Samuel MBE (pictured below), Andy Langford (Chief Operating Officer with our charity partner, Cruse Bereavement Care), and Shelby Forsythia.
Details and book here.

Julia Samuels MBE, Good Grief

Empty Bed Blues: Losing a Life Partner

This is a topic very close to Linda’s heart, and she will introduce panellists including Oyovwe Kigho (founder of The Widows Empowerment Trust) and Ian Ridley (shown below with his wife, trailblazing sports journalist Vikki Orvice, who died at the age of 56). It aims to help people who have lost loved ones themselves, and those who support others who’ve lost someone dear.
Details and book here.

Facilitator Ian Ridley with Vikki Orvice, Good Grief Bristol

The Grief Gift: Finding Meaning After Loss

Grief can be a powerful catalyst for change. Linda will host a conversation with our fascinating panellists including cartoonist Gary Andrews and best-selling author Dr Rachel Clarke (pictured below) to discuss finding new purpose and meaning after losing someone dear.
Details and book here.

Facilitator Rachel Clarke (c) Laura Gallant

All events are free: browse and book here

Visit Home to explore all events and speakers, and to register for those events you’re interested in. Events are free to attend, for those who book and watch during the Festival itself. Once the festival has ended, access to all of the content on the Grief Channel will be available for three years for a one-off fee of ¬£20.