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Weathering the Storm - what can we learn from Covid?

Five speakers addressing this question from widely different angles interspersed with vivid stories from Liz Rothschild's second book, Weathering the Storm – Stories of Love, life, loss and discovery in the time of Covid.

Weathering the Storm - what can we learn from Covid?

Date & Time:  Friday 3rd November 2023

Location of Event:  Online


Charge: Pay what you can - you need only Register ONCE for the whole day's events (ie not for every individual event!)

Registration for Online Day enables you to attend ANY OR ALL of the events, as you choose. (The only exception is for the sessions on Deep Listening for Assisted Dying, to which only the first 15 participants will be admitted to each session, first come first served.) To register you will be asked to pay what you can. There will also be an opportunity to purchase an online recording of all the days' events (excluding the two on Assisted Dying.)

On Registration, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with the Zoom link for the whole day - you just click on the link any time you wish to join an event. There will be a separate link for the sessions on Assisted Dying.

You will also receive reminder emails leading up to the event - and booking will remain open throughout Online Day too, so you can still join even if you missed the start!

If you haven't already booked via another page on our site, you may click here to Register for all your online events on Nov 3rd - please only register ONCE.


Liz Rothschild

Liz Rothschild set up the Kicking the Bucket Festival in 2012 as it became clear to her through working as a celebrant and burial ground manager that it was essential to talk with people before a bereavement in order for people to feel able to ask for what they really need.

A performer and writer, she regularly performs her show Outside the Box – A Live show about Death. Her book Outside the Box was published by PCCS in 2020 – drawing on a cornucopia of stories sad, inspiring, informative and uplifting alongside expert commentaries and resources. Her second book Weathering the Storm: Stories of love, loss and discovery during Covid 19 was published in February 2023.

She passionately believes that life gets better when we admit our own mortality.



Hasina Zaman

Hasina Zaman is Director at Bless Funerals, a female-led funeral service that sets out to better serve the diverse communities of the UK. Hasina is focused in providing a bespoke funeral service for bereaved clients which keeps beliefs, wishes and values at heart.

Hasina and her team worked diligently throughout the pandemic period. This was an extremely difficult time, and in retrospect this built resilience within the community.


Mandy Halsey

I have had a varied working life from out-patient ambulance  work to teaching Art and Maths at secondary level. I moved to the Peak District in 2017 and started a new post as a maths teacher. I joined a local running club and discovered the joy of running across the Peaks and Dales, regularly covering 10 -15 miles a week and feeling fitter than ever. I contracted a mild case of Covid, at school, just as we went into lockdown #1. Recovery was good and I continued with my normal life including running, although with a little discomfort in my lungs. After a very wet, and cold, bus duty at work I became quite ill and struggled with every part of normal life from then onwards. I was diagnosed with Long Covid in January
2021… my life is now very, very different.

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is Head of Public Engagement and Programmes at the History of Science Museum (HSM) in Oxford. One of her current projects is project managing a series of Covid-19 related exhibitions – dealing with themes such as public perceptions of science, what its like to be a scientist thrust into the limelight, clinically vulnerable communities and shared feelings of isolation and long term effects of those worst hit by the pandemic.
HSM are very interested in the role of community in the pandemic, a theme explored in our current exhibition at the museum. New communities formed, and existing communities
were strengthened as we supported our neighbours more. Volunteering and feeling part of communities gave us strength and improved wellbeing. We explore how different communities, particularly the vulnerable or disadvantaged, had very different pandemic experiences. Indeed, we show that for
vulnerable people such as those with weakened immune-systems, the pandemic is not over. Through objects, videos, oral history, artworks and interactive elements we explore the experiences both of Oxford scientists working to improve lives and local people discussing what gave them hope during the
This work has also raised pertinent questions about what themes should be covered in a History of Science Museum and question when is the right time to look at the pandemic, and
contemporary issues, through the lens of history.

Estephanie Dunn

Estephanie trained initially as a General Nurse and worked in a range of clinical settings before moving into Nurse Education at the University of Northumbria. She returned to clinical practice as a Lecturer Practitioner in Child Health and moved
into General Management as Senior Nurse/Business Manager for Children’s Services, then General Manager for a City wide Adult Learning Disability Service.
Estephanie worked as a Director of Nursing within a PCT prior to working in interim Director and Project Manager roles across the public and independent sector.
She joined the RCN on the 17th March 2010 as Operational Manager for the Northern Region and took up the post of RCN Regional Director for the North West Region on the 22nd August 2014.

Lucy Selman

Dr. Lucy Selman is Associate Professor in Palliative and End of  Life Care at the University of Bristol, where she co-leads the research group. In 2020 she founded the Good Grief Festival, which has now reached over 30,000 people through online
and in-person events, a YouTube Channel and Resource Hub. With Co-Principal Investigator Emily Harrop, Lucy led a national study of bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been short-listed for a 2023 ESRC policy impact award. Other research interests include treatment decision-making and communication; family caregiving; widening access to palliative care and bereavement services; and public health approaches to end-of-life care and bereavement support.