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A virtual workshop exploring themes of grief, loss and bereavement is being held on Tuesday 16 March to help people deal with issues surrounding death.

Organised by Bristol Memorial Woodlands and run by training provider Gentle Dusk, participants can join for free via an online video link and the session is open to healthcare professionals as well as members of the public.

Death, dying and planning for the end of life can be one of the most challenging topics to discuss for anyone, including those working within health and social care.

At a time when palliative and end-of-life professionals are witnessing increasing numbers of deaths - with over 125,000 UK deaths attributable to coronavirus - the workshop is aimed at those affected by death and dying and will touch upon current theoretical approaches to bereavement and the impact of grief.

Chartered health psychologist and founding partner of Gentle Dusk, Mireille Hayden, will lead the training session which she hopes will offer support during a difficult time.

She said: “We are currently living through a period where the feelings of loss of many kinds have been felt by all the nation. Many have lost loved ones and not been able to be present at their end of life.




People have been through grief at a time where isolation and lack of social support, have made the experience more difficult. We all need the skills to support ourselves and others through bereavement. Creating more understanding about grief is an important part of helping the healing process.

Our bereavement workshop will help you understand the impact of grief, the current theoretical approaches to loss and gain insight into the diversity of experiences in relation to bereavement as well as look at the impact of Covid-19.”

The event, one in a series of seminars planned by the Bristol funeral venue, will take place on Tuesday 16th March from 10am – 1.30pm where Zoom participants can take part from the safety of their own home or workplace. Spaces for this event are limited to 20 people. 



Death Cafes are informal gatherings designed to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their finite lives. They are for people to get together to discuss the end of life, death, bereavement in a friendly, non-judgemental way.  This is a group directed discussion where there is no agenda, objectives or themes.


Mireille Hayden of Gentle Dusk, who has been running death café’s for 5 years as well as delivering training and workshops, will be facilitating the discussions. For more information on Death Café’s visit her website

We have limited numbers that can join in the event so people need to pre-book, but we intend to have discussions as we do in any other Death Café. If you or someone you know would like to book onto this event, please click here or email or telephone: 01454 414 999.



Email your name, title and organisation and title and date of the course you want to be booked on to: or telephone: 01454 414 999.



The lectures, seminars and events are being delivered by Mireille Hayden, founding partner, Gentle Dusk. Mireille is a Chartered Health Psychologist by training and Senior Manager by experience. She has 20 years of experience in the Health Service. She has worked on the development of training programmes for HospiceUK, NHS England as well as a variety of private and NHS organisations. Originally a commissioning lead in end of life care for North Central London, she now dedicates her time to empowering professionals and communities around death, dying and bereavement. Mireille brings a unique energy and enthusiasm to this taboo subject combining knowledge and techniques from psychology, experience of healthcare services and patient and family support in end of life care. Mireille often contributes and provides expert input in areas relating to death, dying and bereavement on TV, print and scientific journals. Appearances and publications range from BBC News Worldwide, New Scientist Magazine, E-hospice (Hospice UK) to local newspapers and magazines.


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For more information, to arrange a meeting at our offices or in the comfort of your own home, please get in touch and our staff will be happy to help. 

01454 414 999 





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