Event details

Our Grief - Black Women Speak

Our Grief is a powerful short film that spotlights the experiences of middle-aged Black women as they face grief and loss. It tells the story of the complexities of Grief touching on gender, race, age, culture and family. In making the film they have become empowered, and feel connected to others. They are now better able to express their hidden emotions, and to give themselves moments of self-care and self-comfort.

After the film, there will be a curated conversation followed by some uplifting music and poetry. Sobell House are kindly providing sandwiches and juice.

This event is open to all and will be of great value to those who identify as white and global majority.

Our Grief - Black Women Speak

Date & Time:  Saturday 21st October 2023

Location of Event:  Sobell House Hospice (Study Centre), Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LE

(The event will take place in the Lecture Room of the Study Centre, away from the clinical areas, but please note that entrance is via Sobell House Main Reception.)

Charge:  FREE but we ask you to book your place as numbers are limited to 15. Please click on the Book Here button and email Kate direct - she will book you in. Thank you.

Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes


Yansie Rolston

A social change facilitator managing collaborative empowerment programmes within community/voluntary, public and private sector organizations. A researcher and community activist on health and wellbeing in racially minoritised communities. Yansie facilitates personal development training for individuals recovering from mental ill health and has a special interest in menopause, disability, mental health and suicide prevention strategic development.

Executive Producer - Our Grief - Black Women Speak; Our Menopause; and Queer & Menopausal
Co-Editor - Black and Menopausal: Intimate Stories of Navigating the Change


Brian Quavar

Brian is a London Underground Train Driver with a passion for photography.

He is an advocate for improvement of Black men's health outcomes with a particular interest in Prostate Cancer. He provides space for grief conversations and is a co-facilitator on immersive grief workshops.

Brian is a Shout Mental Health Support Volunteer and Mental Health First Aider.

Debi Lewinson-Roberts 

Debi works with the bereaved (or the deceased before they transition) to put together person-centred funeral ceremonies and memorials to give fitting and inclusive farewells. She uses her working knowledge of culture, tradition, religion and spirituality and her experiential knowledge of African-Caribbean funeral practices to work through complex sets of emotions in a meaningful way to devise ceremonies across a wide range of beliefs and backgrounds.  

In addition, she offers a virtual space to facilitate Loss Cafes for the Black African diaspora to discuss racial and culturally sensitive topics related to death, dying, bereavement and grieving. Debi also has a background in education, training & development, not-for-profit management and project management.