What is it?
Queer Good Grief is a peer to peer support meeting and safe space for LGBTQ+ grievers to talk about experiences of loss and grief. This space prioritises queer and trans people allowing them to freely open up without fear of judgement. Queer Good Grief was started by queer attendees and continues to be run and hosted this way.
Why did it start?
‘As queer and trans people we found ourselves too often in a position of having to censor ourselves to ensure our safety. When discussing something as sensitive as grief, it was important to have a space which was by and for us, hence the beginning of queer good grief. Through shared identities and experiences, we’ve create a space which is vulnerable, tender and somehow still joyful.’June Founding attendee and founding host
What to expect?
The meetings were created to give space to comfortably discuss experiences of grief in an understanding environment, in the knowledge that your grief and experiences are shared with others within the LGBTQ+ community. As queer people may often have to self censor, this space was created to allow for full expression. At the beginning of each meeting, attendees take it in turns to introduce themselves and the person or people they are in attendance to remember. They also share their pronouns to create a safe an open space for all. From then there is no pressure at all to speak, many people attend meetings to listen. The hosts of the meeting will then ask the group if anyone has anything they would like to bring in to the space. Whatever someone has to say is relevant and they are welcome to bring anything to the meeting. All attendees are asked to respect the privacy of the space and treat others and ourselves with kindness throughout.
Where is it?
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Meet the hosts
Here's a selection of some of our wonderful meeting hosts. / Voici certaines des hôtes qui facilitent les rencontres.