Life Happens: How to Grow Through Change with Julia Samuel

From the outside, our lives can look fairly stable and uneventful, even dull. Yet on the contrary, no matter who we are, our stories will be marked by moments of profound change. From first love, to first heartbreak; the birth of a child to the death of a parent; illness, divorce, redundancy and retirement. Moments when our perspective shifts and our priorities alter, when we’re forced to leave behind the person we once were and become someone entirely new.

Such moments often represent personal crises, as we struggle to adjust to unfamiliar circumstances. It’s natural to try to resist change, trying to cling tight to the old certainties and soldier on as though nothing much has happened. But to do so is to deny that change is a fact of life. Unless we’re able to grow through it, we risk letting it break us.

Julia Samuel MBE has spent thirty years working with patients to help them adapt to moments of change, particularly grief and bereavement. In her latest book, This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings, she brings her consoling perspective to bear on several real-life stories of everyday change: coming out, losing a job, going through menopause and coping with an affair. Illuminated by the latest psychological research and her wealth of experience, she weaves these into a wise and profound mediation on the ways all of us respond to life’s challenges and how these can become opportunities for growth.

This March, Julia will visit The School of Life for a conversation about the vagaries of life and our how we can evolve to cope. Whether you’re trying to let go of an old wound or embrace a new beginning, the discussion will help you find your own way forward.

Julia's latest book, This Too Shall Pass (RRP £14.99) is included in the ticket price.


Doors from 7pm

Event starts 7:30pm

Event ends and Book Signing 9pm


Julia Samuel MBE is a leading British psychotherapist and author. She has worked in private practice and with the NHS for the last thirty years and is Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK. Her previous book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving was a UK bestseller.


Buy tickets for
Life Happens: How to Grow Through Change with Julia Samuel

£35 (plus fees)

When and where:
  • Mon 2 Mar 2020 19.30 - 21.00
    Upper Hall of the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham St, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW