Wednesday, 15. May 2019, University of Essex, Colchester Campus, Psychology of Loss

from 15. May 2019 - 10:00 till 13:00

University of Essex, Colchester Campus

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Let’s Talk About Loss Seminar
Wednesday 15th May 2019, 10:00 - 13:00STEM CentreFind Your Way App
The School of Health and Social Care is hosting this event, in collaboration with the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, as part of Dying Matters Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. It will be an integrated full-day event about death, dying and the psychology of loss.
Beth Rowland, founder of ‘Let's Talk about Loss’, will open the event with a keynote speech. ‘Let’s Talk about Loss’ is the UK's first peer-support network for bereaved young people aged 16 to 30. Beth's mother died when she was 20. Having experienced bereavement herself, she now dedicates her time encouraging young people across the UK to meet up monthly to talk honestly and openly about loss. She has also created a website to provide online advice and support for young people who are struggling with grief and mental ill health.
The keynote speech will be followed by table top discussions about death, dying, grief and loss. This will be facilitated by staff from the School of Health and Social Care.
The event will continue with a Schwartz Round on the theme of ‘Let's Talk about Loss’. Following a structured format, Schwartz Rounds provide a safe, time-limited space where people can reflect, share their stories and offer support to each other. As trained Schwartz Round facilitators, Dr Mary Kennedy and Dr Caroline Barratt will be there to support reflection in the direction of sharing and understanding from a social and emotional point of view. You can find more information about Schwartz Rounds at the Point of Care Foundation website. 
Note: A free lunch will be provided for those who have registered via Eventbrite to attend the Schwartz Round in the afternoon. If you have any specific dietary requirements please email mrkenn@
The day will finish with an open forum to discuss any aspects related to death, dying, grief and loss.
Grandma on the Moon
Friday 17th May 2019, 2:00 - 15:00Lakeside TheatreFind Your Way App
This free, one-off performance of Grandma on the Moon is being hosted by the School of Health & Social Care as part of Dying Matters Week.
Grandma on the Moon is a high quality piece of theatre by the AZ2B Theatre Company. It explores the bereavement process from the perspective of a young child. Children grieve differently to adults which can often lead to misunderstandings and confusion. The show raises awareness of different support strategies to help manage conflicting emotions.
The performance encourages all of us—no matter how old-—to have open, honest conversations around death and dying.  It highlights the impact of memories and the importance of keeping those we have loved alive within our hearts and minds, even though they are no longer with us.
Note: Although the performance is free, you must register via Eventbrite to attend.
More information about the Psychology of Loss Week can be found on our website.

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