Thursday 17 October: AGM followed by Erica Buist on cultural variations in dealing with bereavement

Please come and participate in our AGM at University Centre, 7.30 pm on 17 October.

Erica Buist is a journalist, mostly for the Guardian, Medium and the BBC. She has just finished a journey to seven of the world’s death festivals. It was sparked by the day she and her husband found his father dead and she realised the full extent to which we in the West suffer from death denial and mortal terror. The resulting book, This Party’s Dead, will be published in 2020 and is available for preorder at

Meeting report: Stewart Lever on Finding a New Dream.

2011022Maghull(2)On 17 April, Stewart took us along with him through the journey he made after his wife Anne’s death in 2001, after 32 years together. Performing his own music he kept us captivated, and alternating between tears and laughter.

He described the almost indescribable pain, but showed us how it is possible to be happy again, although the loved one never leaves us totally.

Two years after his loss he became a bereavement counsellor and is currently chair of Warrington Bereavement Support. He explained the recovery process in terms of J. W. Worden’s Tasks of Mourning: accepting the reality of the loss, working through the pain of grief, adjusting to the environment in which the deceased is missing, and emotionally relocating the deceased and moving on with life while not forgetting the loved one.

Along the way we even all sang along to his song ‘Finicky Frogs’!

Those who had been bereaved must have been helped by his honest approach and positive message, and we thank him for this. You can visit Stewart’s site at

17 April meeting: Stewart Lever on music and counselling the bereaved

Stewart Lever, “singer, songwriter, naturist and dreamer”, will talk on Finding a new dream: the recovery journey Stewart took following the death of his wife, Anne, in 2001.

Stewart is now a trained bereavement counsellor, and Chair of Warrington Bereavement Support. He is an atheist and a humanist.

The meeting is on Thursday17 April  at 7.30 pm at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG.  All are welcome. Donations are requested to cover the cost of room hire, refreshments etc.

Meetings for Spring 2014

library-lanternWe now have the programme for early 2014 online on the Meetings and Events page.

This is still subject to possible change, but we will have a bereavement counsellor talking about how he coped with the death of his wife and about bereavement counselling for those without religious belief, and we will also have a professional philosopher talking on how we can have the basis for morality without God.

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