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"Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” We will all experience grief at one point or another in our lives. It is the risk we take when loving another, but for some people grief does not settle and can continue to be prolonged, severe and disabling. In this talk you’ll learn about some of the key processes that can block the natural resolution of grief as well as some evidence-based suggestions for managing them. 

Kirsten Smith will provide the main presentation, followed by a Q&A session chaired by Cathy Creswell.


About the Series:

We have come to realise the importance of mental health issues and the impact they can have on individuals as well as on society at large. But, can you separate the facts from the myths? Do you know how to promote your own mental wellness and help those around you?

At Oxford, we have some of the world’s leading researchers helping us understand the causes of mental conditions and develop effective evidence-based treatments. We are bringing them together in a new series – Our Mental Wellness – to share their knowledge and answer your questions about how we can look after each others’ mental wellness in our community.

Our Mental Wellness talks will take place twice per term.


Do you have a question you'd like to ask?

When you register, you will be given the opportunity to submit a mental health question related to the topic for speaker to answer. 


Registration is required and only students, staff and alumni at the University of Oxford are invited to attend. Please note that for security reasons, we will only be able to accept registrations from those with an Oxford University email address that ends in If you don't have an Oxford email address, you will be able to attend the live stream via our YouTube channel.

If you'd like to attend, please click on the REGISTER NOW button at the top of the page. After you register, you will be sent a unique login link for you to use on the day and please be aware that you won't be able to join the event without it.

The Zoom Waiting Room will open 15 minutes before the talk and attendees will automatically join the talk at the advertised start time.