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Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE
founder and lifetime president

Shelley Gilbert's TED Talk

Shelley shares a powerful message at this TEDx Talk – ‘How to Lose Friends and Empty a Room’ – about the grieving processes of young people and adults, reframing thinking about the way we grieve and giving people permission to grieve in a much better way than undertaken in our society.

in the press

Shelley Gilbert is often called upon by the media for her expert guidance on the subject of bereavement and grief. She was recently interviewed in January 2021 on Talk RADIO

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Shelley MBE
Shelley Gilbert Everyman 2019

more about shelley

Dr Shelley Gilbert (PhD), PGDPM, PGDC, Snr. Accredited MBACP, UKRCP is Clinical Trustee and Lifetime President of Grief Encounter.

Having experienced the death of both of her parents by the age of 9 for which, like the majority of bereaved children, Shelley received little professional help or support. Shelley used her lifetime learning about the complex issues facing bereaved children and their families to set up Grief Encounter in 2003, now one of the UK’s leading child and family bereavement services. Awarded an MBE in 2015, She has a Doctorate in Psychotherapy, PGD Counselling, and is a Senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Her interactive grief work book, ‘The Griefbook’, is an award-winning bestseller, and she is a thought leader in the world of grief and trauma, with the model of the “Upward Spiral of Grief” process now widely adopted across the bereavement world.

It was commonly believed that people went through “stages of grief” in a progressive way. Grief Encounter’s founder, Dr Shelley Gilbert has reassessed those stages, believing instead a more realistic process – The Upward Spiral of Grief.

It is this philosophy that that runs through the DNA of Grief Encounter and is in visible in all the work we provide today – across our therapists, lead practitioners, family liaison officers as well as our fundraisers and support staff.