Reflections on the Death of a Parent

In this fascinating session we are joined by a diverse selection of guests, from author and comedian Robert Webb to renowned podcaster Cariad Lloyd. Each shares their very personal reflections on what it feels like to lose a parent.

Writer and author Nikesh Shukla describes how he set out to write a book about modern parenthood but instead wrote a book about losing a parent, while food writer Olivia Potts explores how her mum’s death inspired her to quit a hard-fought legal career to follow her culinary and literary passions.

Festival curator Aisling Mustan describes how it felt to lose her father when she was just three years old – an age at which parents feel like untarnished, ‘perfect’ people – while Ann, a.k.a. Grief Kid, explains how she went on a grief retreat as a young person to help her express the loss of a parent.


Aisling Mustan, Good Grief Curator and Speaker

Aisling Mustan

Nikesh Shukla (c) Jon Aitken 2021

Nikesh Shukla

Facilitator Olivia Potts, Good Grief Bristol

Olivia Potts

Facilitator Cariad LLoyd, Good Grief

Cariad Lloyd

Facilitator Mimi Thebo

Dr Mimi Thebo

Zoe Bassett

Zoe Bassett

Facilitator Robert Webb, Good Grief

Robert Webb

Dr Lesel Dawson