First, we welcome Cara Lavan for a personal perspective on the grief of losing a loved one to a drug overdose. This talk will comprise a firsthand account of the shock and grief of loss – and the shame and stigma which follow – when a death is related to substance misuse. Cara will share her own experiences and those of others she has come across since her own partner died.
Second, in Grief after Substance Misuse, Lorna Templeton’s presentation will focus on UK research with adults bereaved through substance use. This is a neglected area of research and practice, but is one which deserves attention due to the prevalence of alcohol- and drug-related deaths across the UK, and the knowledge that bereavement through substance use is a special type of grief requiring a specific type of response.
The session will close with a Q&A.
Concessions are available for those under 18; aged 65 or older; students with valid ID; unwaged people; and people with disabilities. Registered carers are free when accompanying a ticket holder (please contact Good Grief to arrange).