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Grief & Comedy

“Laugh and you laugh together, Cry and you cry alone.”

If you don’t have a sense of humour, DO NOT ENTER!

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“Humour for me was the most fantastic coping mechanism. It relieved my anxieties, lessened the tension in the room, made some subjects more palatable and sometimes expressed things in a way that nothing else could.

Freud told us a while back that humour can be used as a defence against feeling the pain, but sometimes you just don’t want to go there. Psychologically, in my opinion, as long as you are aware of what you’re doing and still visit the dark places at different times, laughter is a great tool to help with the healing processes.”

Dr Shelley Gilbert, MBE, Founder, Grief Encounter

Part of our work is to help children and young people have fun again. Bereaved young means losing some of your childhood; what better place have you got to be silly and try things out than when you’re a kid? Its one of the most rewarding feelings to hear genuine, heartfelt laughter and joy come back into someone’s life after a tragedy…especially if its your own.

Time Vine tells a joke about grief

Shappi Khorsandi on the importance of Grief Encounter

Steve Best tells a joke about his Grandpa


Give yourself a giggle and watch top UK comedians, including Al Murray Pub Landlord and Lee Nelson, give grief the funny treatment. Show support for Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK by promoting the use of humour to face adversity, and watch their showstoppers here:

Featuring: Al Murray, Hal Cruttenden, Lee Nelson and Iain Sterling