Birmingham Humanists meeting, 21 November: Ariane Sherine

You may be interested in the next meeting of Birmingham Humanists, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 21 November. Ariane Sherine, the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, will be giving a talk, based on her new book Talk yourself better.

The meeting will be held at Moseley Exchange, 149–153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP.

We’ve all watched films and telly programmes featuring therapists, such as The Sopranos – but what’s the best way to access therapy in real life if you’re not a mafia boss? What’s the difference between therapy and counselling, or CBT and psychoanalysis? And why pay a stranger to listen to you in the first place? Can’t a good friend provide a shoulder to cry on?

In her talk Ariane will answer all these questions and more, demystifying once and for all the secret world of therapy – with plenty of laughs along the way. She’ll also be signing copies of Talk yourself better after the talk.

Ariane has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Observer, New Statesman and The Spectator.

Please note: this event is not organised by Shropshire Humanists.

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 www.stewartlever.co.uk

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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