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Annual Grief Lecture: Love, Life, Loss

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
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A Personal Story
Grief is something which everyone handles differently and is often not spoken about freely for a number of different reasons. If you are interested in how a person has handled grief, here is an opportunity to hear and engage in a conversation about death and the accompanying grief.

On October 19th, Gail O'Brien, widow of Prof. Chris O'Brien, AO, will deliver the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) Annual Grief Lecture from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Village Roadshow Theatrette State Library of Victoria

Gail will share her experiences of loss following Chris' death in 2009 to brain cancer and the sudden death in 2011 of her son Adam from a seizure. In 2016, Gail's daughter, journalist Juliette O'Brien's, published the biography, This Is Gail, which detailed her mother's experience of Chris' death and its aftermath. Gail recounts, in her own words, the way she navigated these losses.

Gail O'Brien Chris O'Brien This is Gail cancer grief
Image:Harper Collins

To read more about the book, and the O'Brien family please read

The ACGB Grief Lecture is a free annual event which seeks to encourage public discussion on grief and bereavement and its impact on individuals, families and communities.

To book, visit; email; or call 03 9265 2100. The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is an independent, not for profit organisation which opened in January 1996 and is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia.

All donations received go to the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, an integrated, holistic, patient-oriented cancer centre, built on the vision of Chris O'Brien.
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Why? To hear a personal story of loss, grief and the way forward
When: Tea and coffee from 6.30 pm; Lecture from 7 - 8.30 pm
Phone: 0392652100
Where: State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: Free
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