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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Woodlands


A training workshop for professionals to help them understand the impact of grief is taking place on Thursday November 24 at Bristol Memorial Woodlands.

The half-day workshop will look at loss, grief and bereavement and aims to build the skills of professionals to support themselves and others through the feelings people experience when someone close dies.

Organised by the funeral venue in partnership with training provider Gentle Dusk, the workshop will also look at the current theoretical approaches to loss and gain insight into the diversity of experiences in relation to bereavement.

The training is being delivered by Mireille Hayden, founding partner of Gentle Dusk which provides training and events around death, dying and bereavement.

She said: “With Covid and the death of the Queen we have all been through times recently where the feelings of loss of many kinds have been felt by the nation. Many have lost loved ones. Covid and confinement meant that many people went through grief at a time where there was isolation and lack of social support.”

The event will take place on 24th November from 2pm to 5.30pm in the reception rooms at Bristol Memorial Woodlands, a funeral setting with 100 acres of burial woodland, providing families with a place to visit and remember loved ones for years to come.

Previous workshops have been welcomed by healthcare professionals who said it gave them the opportunity to talk about death in a “no holds barred fashion” in a beautiful relaxing setting.

Places are free for local professionals working in Bristol and the surrounding area. Places are limited for this workshop, so please book by emailing your name, title and organisation to event co-ordinator Sophie Thomas on



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