Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist and paediatric counsellor specialising in grief.
In 1994 she helped launch and establish Child Bereavement UK, a charity aimed at educating professionals in supporting children facing bereavement and families who have lost a child, and continues to play an active role as the charities Founder Patron.
Julia is a Vice President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, an Honorary Doctor of Middlesex University, and in 2015 was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to bereaved children.
Her first book is The Sunday Times bestseller “Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving“, which was published in 2017.
In today’s episode we discuss Julia’s work as a grief counsellor and how encountering death so frequently affects her own mental health, why death is such a taboo subject and the price we pay for this, whether it’s justified to classify prolonged grief as a mental illness, and we also explore some of the most and least helpful ways to deal with the death of a loved one.
Grief Works – Julia’s website
Child Bereavement UK – Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
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