A former Communards and Strictly Come Dancing star-turned-popular cleric is set to make an appearance at an event in York.
The Reverend Richard Coles is set to deliver a keynote address at York St. John’s University’s second international online bereavement conference, which will feature the latest research as well as inspirational stories of resilience from those personally affected by grief.
The conference takes place on Saturday (27 November), and is presented in collaboration with online events.
Along with Rev Coles, the center will welcome Professor Robert Nemeyer, CEO of Linda Magistris and Founder of The Good Griff Trust and Director of the US Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, as three keynote speakers.
Attendees will hear about the latest bereavement research, and from people bereaved personally by COVID-19, along with representatives of justice for Covid-19 bereaved families, from among speakers. There will also be artists and musicians who offer creative means through which to honor and celebrate lost loved ones and transition through loss and grief.
Dr. John Wilson and Professor Lynn Gabriel from the Center for Counseling and Mental Health at York St. John’s University are co-hosting the event.
Professor Lynn Gabriel said: “Our lives were irreversibly changed when COVID-19 spread and spread all over the world. We now live in a global COVID-19 context and while vaccination programs are underway globally, in living through and with COVID-19, more than 5.14 million lives have been lost.
“This stark statistic masks the pain and contradiction of losing loved ones, as well as the bereaved’s passion and perseverance as they move forward in life. Our second online bereavement conference provides a compassionate and contemporary context through which we consider the personal, social and political aspects of coping with and after COVID-19 and the personal, social and political aspects of recovery from traumatic grief. consider.
“Come and join us in what promises to be a powerful, inspiring event.”
Dr. John Wilson said: “Conferences can be opportunities of interest to academics, but some to others. This conference is very different. We have some of the best experts in the field to update us, but we personally We are also giving people affected by grief a platform to share their creativity in loss and to inspire you with their resilience. We bring you music And the poetry, the humor and the compassion, the campaigner and the supporter, for sharing what has meant to so many people over the past year.”
Booking is open via eventbrite.co.uk/e/2021-bereavement-conference-ticket-130845910641