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, understanding and equality when providing bereavement support and communicating with people from diverse backgrounds.

Experts in their field will share current research, statistics and evidence-based practice, with the focus on providing bereavement support in a diverse and multi-cultural society. It is suitable for any professional involved in the provision of bereavement support to children, young people and families.

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 bereaved families whose experience is important in helping professionals to understand and meet their needs.  We will be joined by parents, Jennie and Grace, talking about their experience of bereavement support following the death of their baby, Ava, who died during pregnancy. Jennie and Grace said: “Same sex couples are no different from any other family going through grief. Grief holds no boundary; we are just people trying to deal with the tragedy that hits so many.”

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

Conference programme

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

Hidden lives, hidden losses: The bereavement experiences of Gypsies and Travellers
Dr Carol Rogers, Buckinghamshire New University

Journey for men, bereavement support group
Kevin Benson, The Donna Louise Hospice

Grieving in the public eye – working with the bereaved following a mass loss of life
Shane Smith, Slater and Gordon

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

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

Serving bereaved families through inclusive community engagement
Keely Thompson and Richard Gomersall, GreenAcres

Bereavement practices and rituals from different faith perspectives – panel discussion

– Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Nottingham Trent University
– Rev Martin Abrams, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust
– Dharmacharini Amitashuri, Buddhist Healthcare Chaplain
– Clive Lawton OBE, Leading international Jewish educator
– Mohamed Omer, The Gardens of Peace, Muslim Cemetery

Death, bereavement and learning disabilities
Karen Parry, Inclusion North
Shirley Potts, Child Bereavement UK

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

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 whose backgrounds and belief systems might differ from our own.


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.

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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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