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A Death in the Family

Part of With God on Our Side… Religion and War

We discuss mourning and the loss of family members with a panel of experts.

When a family member or loved one dies it can change our lives ever after. How do we mourn those we have lost, and continue to live full lives in their absence?

Over 50% of people in the UK die in hospital, though current research shows that over 70% of people would prefer to die at home. How can we better prepare for the inevitable, and is it still a taboo to talk about our own death? In a media and advertising culture that promises eternal youth, how can we take a more realistic approach to ageing?

A panel of experts debate what we can learn from religion, the medical world, and philosophers about living with grief, and the art of dying well. The panel includes Cathy Rentzenbrink, whose celebrated memoir, The Last Act of Love, tells of how life changed forever when her brother was killed two weeks before his GCSE results; grief psychotherapist Julia Samuel who is also Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK and author of Grief Works; Pastor Lorraine Jones, who is Director of Dwaynamics, a boxing scheme established in her son’s memory after he was fatally stabbed; and Rose Hudson-Wilkin, a Church of England priest, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, priest vicar at Westminster Abbey and chaplain to the Queen.

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The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in both the Sunday and Weekend Passes, and is part of How Do We Live with Death? Weekend.

before & after

Couple having a cocktail in Ping Pong restaurant at the Southbank Centre
At Chinese restaurant Ping Pong, a buzzing cocktail bar meets the delights of dim sum
People around the Central Bar at the Southbank Centre
Enjoy a drink at one of London’s longest bars: the iconic Central Bar