UPCOMING EVENTS – autumn 2018

A Family of Five at the Premiere of A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES at The Prince Charles Theatre, Leicester Square May 2018. L – R Joe, Rosa, Josh, Jimmy, Jane.

Our calendar is full.   A brief lull  in our activities after our UK screening tour for A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES which premiered at the Prince Charles Cinema Leicester Square, and we are on the road again starting the last week in August.

We are especially thrilled to announce that we will be screening A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES at the prestigious Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on 9th October

See below for a full list of events you could be part of ….


The lull wasn’t so much a quiet moment of calm, more a lot of busying around in the background, lots of admin, preparing assets for the autumn schedule, a promotional film, updates for our next Active Grief Weekend, and a new fundraising campaign … for which we are delighted to announce with have some new additions to the project’s team – in particular Lizzie Pickering who has joined us as the lead in our fundraising efforts.  Lizzie has a wealth of experience in the bereavement world.   Following the death of her 6 year old son Harry in 2000 she co founded and led the fundraising team at Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice where she worked for 12 years.   Lizzie is also a feature film producer (award winning ‘Let Me Go’ 2017 starring Juliet Stevenson) and will be of enormous help overseeing all of our film productions.  As an experienced public speaker she will also be joining Jane with responsibilities  for delivering our educational and outreach work.

During the screening tour we were helped enormously by George Doughty and Violet Crudge who gave so much of their time promoting the film to local organisations and on various social media platforms.  Thanks you so much George and Violet we are sorry to see you go (they have both moved on to proper paid employment!) but are pleased to welcome their successor.

Judith Merry has come on board with responsibilities not just for social media but in a research and development role.  Judith is a skilled activist and campaigner for the rights of disabled people.   Having grown up with Muscular Dystrophy herself, she has held a number of advocacy, developmental and publicity roles for various charities including Muscular Dystrophy UK and Helen and Douglas House.

Welcome to you both – we are so pleased to have you on board.

Jane Harris responds to questions following the screening at the Guildhall in Gloucester (photo: Kurt Schroeder)

Now here’s those important events to look forward to:


August – September 2018

Following the success of our screenings earlier in the year, we have been inundated with requests to continue the UK tour.  Here are the new dates :

28th August – The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset

3rd September – The Brewery Arts, Kendal in Cumbria

6th September – Cineworld Ashton under Lyne (this screening is co sponsored with Ruebens Retreat)

We have also had an enquiry to screen the film in Jersey (probably in October) – watch out for news of that.For news of all screenings and how book your tickets CLICK HERE

A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES at the Cheltenham Literary Festival  – 9th October

We are thrilled to announce that we will be screening A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES at the prestigious Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Established in 1949, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of oldest literary events in the world.

For ten days every Autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream welcoming over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help celebrate the joy of the written word. Where else could you see the Gruffalo rub shoulders with an award-winning novelist, or a Hollywood legend exchange views with political leaders?

In a very full programme of nearly 500 debates, interviews and workshops, this year’s festival has a special day  “Let’s Talk about Death” on 9th October, devoted to a more open discussion about death and how we remember our loved ones.   The day will include talks by Palliative medicine pioneer Kathryn Mannix (With the End in Mind) and actor and producer Greg Wise (Not That Kind of Love).  A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES headlines later in the evening  in the Town Hall at 8.00pm.   We will be joined by Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love (2016)  and A Manual for Heartache (2017) for the Q & A session after the film.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this very special event – it’s a whole day of fascinating talks and discussions that will open your heart and your mind to a subject that is still sadly a feared taboo.    CLICK HERE for the FESTIVAL CATALOGUE.

And you can book tickets for the screening of  A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES here – £10Book tickets for A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES at Cheltenham Literary Festival HERE

NATIONAL CONFERENCE – Diversity and Inclusion in Bereavement support – Manchester 15th November 

Again a wonderful opportunity for us to help shift some attitudes about the needs of the bereaved.

Organised by Child Bereavement UK this conference is aimed at promoting and raising awareness, understanding and equality when providing bereavement support and communicating with people whose faiths, beliefs, or cultures are different to our own.   Along with other many other experts we will be taking part in this highly significant event which is a recognition that we live and work in a much valued multi-cultural and diverse society.  

It is suitable for any professional involved in the provision of bereavement support to children, young people and families.

Fees are £95 per delegate, including course materials, a certificate of attendance, refreshments and a light lunch. Book your place for the NATIONAL CONFERENCE on Diversity and Inclusion HERE


– mid November

So many people both in the UK and world wide have asked how they can watch the documentary, how they can buy a DVD, or watch it online.  We have really enjoyed screening the film to live audiences in cinemas across the UK (and once to 450 delegates at last years Compassionate Friends USA Conference in Orlando Florida ) but inevitably these are small audiences compared to the reach the film deserves.   We want to spread our message – our voice for grief – far and wide and so we are very pleased to announce the ONLINE RELEASE of  A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES scheduled for mid – Nvember 2018.   We won’t be making DVD’s as the production costs are too high.   Full details of the On Line release and links will be announced later.  .  In the meantime don’t forget to visit A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES to watch the trailer, read reviews etc.

OUR 2nd ACTIVE GRIEF WEEKEND – 16th to 18th November (Charney Manor – Oxfordshire) 

Following the success of our first ACTIVE GRIEF WEEKEND, we still have a few places left for the second retreat scheduled for 16- 18th November, again Charney Manor in Oxfordshire.   We totally enjoyed running this in May.   Sessions included Creative Writing,  Exploring Grief with Photography and Active (physical exercise) Grief.   Here’s some of what people said about the weekend in May …

Watch out for the short promotional film we have made about this work (to be published in September).

To book a place for the November retreat please download the registration form here.     The cost for the weekend is £250 which includes accommodation, all meals and access to all sessions.   Thanks to a generous grant from the National Lottery we can offer subsidised rates for those with limited finances.    Make sure to apply if you think you qualify.Download your registration form here

Some photos from our ACTIVE GRIEF WEEKEND in May


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