In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Good Grief, Bristol has been postponed. We hope to reschedule the festival for later in 2020, but this will depend entirely on how the situation develops – we may have to delay until 2021.

What we can say with certainty is that the festival is not cancelled, merely postponed: we are committed to bringing you our wonderful programme of events. And, sadly, we anticipate an even greater demand for it after the extraordinarily difficult times ahead. Please sign up to our mailing list or social media channels for updates, or check back here periodically.

Thank you so much for your ongoing encouragement and enthusiasm. We hope to see you as soon as it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, look after yourselves – and your communities.

The Good Grief Team 

For information and resources on how to cope with the psychological stresses of life during the pandemic, see Resources and Support

Good Grief

A festival
Love & Loss

11-17 May 2020

7 Days

80 Events

75 Speakers

20 Workshops

5 Film screenings

6 Venues

5 Exhibitions

1 Uniting topic


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Iman’s simple but poignant words on her lasting grief for husband David Bowie. “Sometimes, I don’t want people to know how sad I am. People say to me, ‘Oh, you’re so strong.’ I’m not strong—I am just trying to keep it together.”
#grief #loss #bowie #iman #widowedBig news! Good Grief Festival is coming to you online this October. WeDr. Maya Angelou was a literary polymath whose prolific creative output includes more than 30 books.  At the age of eight, Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Her family found out, and he was prosecuted and found guilty, but he spent only one day in jail for his crimes. Upon release, the man was murdered by Angelou’s uncles, which led her to believe that “I thought my voice killed him. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone”. Angelou became mute for almost five years. It was during this period of silence that she developed her extraordinary memory, her love of books and her ability to listen and observe the world around her. 
She said of her work: “All my work, my life, everything is about survival. All my work is meant to say ‘You May encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated.’ In fact, the encountering may be the very experience which creates the vitality and the power to endure.”
#GoodGriefBristol #grief #grieving #survivor #hope #wisewordsMary Berry reflects on what she would say to her son William, who died in a car accident when he was 19, if she had one more minute with him. 
#Grief #GoodGriefBristol #Bereavement #QoutesWeMourning and celebrating all that has been and all that is to arrive, The Language of Loss is Good Grief