The Reverend Richard Coles discusses The Madness of Grief

Fane Online presents a night with Reverend Richard Coles to mark the publication of The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss


Sunday 4th April, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Whether it’s pastoral care for the bereaved, discussions about the afterlife with parishioners or being called out to perform the last rites, death is part of the Reverend Richard Coles’ routine. But when his beloved life partner the Reverend David Coles died unexpectedly shortly before Christmas 2019, much about death took Richard by surprise.

Join the high-profile clergyman in conversation with Fi Glover for this exclusive event, as he shares his account of losing his beloved partner of 12 years. From the volume of ‘sadmin’ you have to do when someone passes away to the simple pain of typing a text message to your partner - then remembering they are gone, Richard gets to the heart of what loss really looks like. As a man who so often assists others during such difficult times, Richard found himself in need of help, and began to look to others for guidance to steer him through; he’ll share how he coped with the madness of grief, providing realistic, but characteristically optimistic, advice.

This promises to be a thought-provoking evening; Richard’s deeply personal account of living through grief and the lessons he has learnt along the way will resonate, unforgettably, with anyone who has lost a loved one.


In partnership with Waterstones, the ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss, worth £16.99, deliverable to any UK address. The 'Stream' package consists of a ticket to the live stream only. 

For one night only the event will initially be broadcast on 4nd April at 18:30 UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed Worldwide. If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.

If you have any questions, please email faneonline@fane.co.uk

About the Book

The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss
The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss

Reverend Richard Coles

Publisher:Orion Publishing Co

Publication date:1 Apr 2021


4.00 out of 5
3 reviews
"not a manual for the bereaved, but as a vivid account of how it feels when the world suddenly falls away, it performs another kind of service"
The Sunday Times
"Richard Coles writes beautifully about losing his partner"
The Times
"A vicar’s moving account of the death of his husband and life with a difficult illness"
Financial Times

The high-profile clergyman's account of losing his partner of 12 years and coping with 'the madness of grief' after his death