Living Losses with Julia Samuel

In this dialogue, Julia and I talk openly about the shock of our current circumstances in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Living losses that people are experiencing in relation to the pandemic and relative to pre and post occurrence includes strains on jobs, finances, personal freedom, mind-space, relative certainty, our partners as we knew them and so on. We acknowledge that while we are all enduring changes in our daily lives, everyone’s experience of it is different and equally valid. Julia invites us to be kind to ourselves and take it one day at the time. Julia also shares parts of Niebuhr’s serenity prayer “Accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other”. Listen to our dialogue for more.


About Mrs. Julia Samuel

JULIA SAMUEL MBE, Msc,  MBACP (Snr Accredited) UKCP Registered Psychotherapist 

Julia was Psychotherapist for Paediatrics at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, the post she established in 1992, where her role for 25 years involved seeing families who have children or babies who die, and where she trained and supported the staff.

In 1994 she worked to help launch and establish The Child Bereavement UK and as the The Founder Patron was involved and in many aspects of the charities work, having a key role in fundraising, strategy and training. She has stepped back from active involvement now.

In 2016 Julia was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to bereaved children and in 2017 Middlesex University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate.

In 2017 Julia published Grief Works which was a bestseller in the UK and has been published in 17 countries. In March 2020 she published This Too Shall Pass: stories of Change Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings and is a Sunday Times bestseller.

She also has a private practice where she sees families and individuals for many different issues.


Tools and Resources

– Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving by Julia Samuel, 2018. 



This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings by Julia Samuel 2020.