National conference – Diversity and inclusion in bereavement support

November 15, 2018 9:00 am
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Recognising that we live and work in a multi-cultural and diverse society, this conference is aimed at promoting and raising awareness when providing bereavement support.

This conference will hear from experts in their field, sharing current research, statistics and evidence-based practice, with the focus on providing bereavement support in a diverse and inclusive society.

About the day

The day will be chaired by Child Bereavement UK’s Founder Patron, and author of Grief Works, Julia Samuel MBE.

During the afternoon there will be an expert panel, with representatives from different faith groups, discussing bereavement practices and rituals from their own faith perspective.  The audience will be invited to ask questions and share their experiences during this interactive session.

Child Bereavement UK’s conferences always include the voice of the families whose experience is important in helping professionals to understand and meet their needs.  We will be joined by parents, Jennie & Grace, talking about their experience of bereavement support following the sad loss of their baby daughter, Ava.

Julia Samuel MBE, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK, and author of Grief Works

Confirmed speakers:

Hidden lives, hidden losses: The bereavement experiences of Gypsies and Travellers
Dr Carol Rogers FHEA, Senior Lecturer: Faculty of Society and Health, Buckinghamshire New University

A Love That Never Dies
Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds, The Good Grief Project
– See details of their documentary at:

Inter-cultural dialogue and diversity in family troubles: The case of family deaths in urban Senegal
Jane McCarthy, Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow, University of Reading/Open University

Serving bereaved families through inclusive community engagement
Keely Thompson, Marketing Manager, GreenAcres Cemetery and Ceremonial Parks

Supporting children and young people in a multi-cultural school
Naveed Mushtaque, Community Learning Manager, Horton Park Primary School

Death, bereavement and learning disabilities
Shirley Potts, North Development Lead, Child Bereavement UK and Karen Parry, Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion North

What makes us so special? The challenges of a same sex couple
Grace and Jennie, Parent speakers

Bereavement practices and rituals from different faith perspectives – panel debate

Amitashuri, Buddhist Healthcare Chaplain
Clive Lawton OBE, Leading international Jewish educator
Mohamed Omer, The Gardens of Peace, Muslim Cemetery

Further speakers and panel members will be announced shortly.

Who should attend

This conference is suitable for any professional involved in the provision of bereavement support to children, young people and families. Attending this conference will help professionals to build confidence and develop skills when communicating with and supporting grieving families.


Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel
Water Street
M3 4JQ


£95 per person. Fees for participants include course materials, a certificate of attendance, refreshments and light lunch. We would like to thank Slater and Gordon for supporting this conference.

Book your place

Please book your place online, or if you wish to pay on invoice, please complete and return our course booking form.

For further information please email the Training Department or call us on 01494 568909.

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Please note, speakers and sessions for this conference are subject to change.

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