Talks & Conferences


Tuesday 19th June 2018
William Purves Funeral Directors’ Annual Staff Training Event, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Some feedback from the day:
“The most sincere thanks, we were absolutely delighted with how last evening went, it exceeded all hopes and expectations in so many ways. (…) I believe the dividend for our staff in their service to the bereaved (…) will be reaped for some considerable time. Thank you, thank you and thank you again. – James Morris, Director, William Purves Funeral Directors
“Thank you for the insight you offered. Insight can only be shared by people who know what they’re talking about. And there are two ways people know what they’re talking about: through knowledge accumulated, or through personal experience. Your insights through your personal experiences – your loss, family life, parenting and illness – give you an integrity that is so very, very important. And the authenticity of what you can therefore offer gets through very quickly to those who are able to listen to you.” – Rev Tom Gordon


Saturday 4th November 2017
Cruse Scotland Volunteer Conference, Perth, Scotland, UK
Some feedback from the day:
“Elke’s presentation touched me deeply – beautifully delivered with a huge emotional impact. What an extraordinary woman on an important mission. She is doing essential work.” – Cruse Scotland Volunteer
“I found Elke’s presentation the most impactful and extremely thought provoking.” – Cruse Scotland Volunteer
“Excellent presentation by Elke. I had heard her before but felt I gained even more.” – Cruse Scotland Volunteer

Thursday 11th May 2017
Crocus Group, Inverness, Scotland, UK
Some feedback from the day:
“Thank you again for coming up to visit us in Inverness, the session was very powerful and helpful for everyone, especially the two mums who came along.” – Hannah Lind, Service Manager, Crocus Group

Thursday 16th March 2017
MBM Commercial LLP’s Fundraising Evening for Richmond’s Hope, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


Friday 18th November 2016
Irish Childhood Bereavement Network Conference, Dublin, Ireland
Some feedback from the day:
“Your presentation will stay with me for a very long time into the future. It evoked a visceral response and I felt like a small child who had listened to a parent reading me a really precious story. May the combination of your gifts of creativitiy, honesty, love and storytelling combine as you share your story with others. You model something beautiful and simple in its style that makes so much sense for those who experience such loss in their lives. Thank you so much.” – Brid Carroll, Chair ICBN

Wednesday 16th November 2016
Mosaic Conference ‘Grief – A Child’s Journey’, Dorset, UK
Some feedback from the day:
“I am a local funeral director in Dorset and we already recommend your books to our clients. Being already familiar with your work I was prepared for your talk but was still blown away with how bravely and elegantly you were able to tell your family’s story. Thank you. I know your books have helped many children and parents at a difficult time in their lives.

Friday 21st October 2016
Staffordshire Children and Families Bereavement Alliance conference
“Supporting Grieving Children”, Stafford, UK
Some feedback from the day:
“Several members of our team were at the conference and they’ve all commented on how powerful, brave and informative your contribution was.” – Charlie O’Dell, The Dove Service
“Elke was excellent, her talk was very heart breaking, but powerful.”
“Loved Elke’s session. Honesty is best, as children get confused messages.”
“Loved, loved, loved Elke’s story telling.”

Tuesday 4th October 2016
Grampian Child Bereavement Network Conference, Aberdeen, UK
Some feedback from the day:
“Had heard so much about you and was not disappointed! The books are such an excellent resource – well done!” – Fiona Arnott-Barron, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
“What an amazing lady, and such fantastic books she has written. Thoroughly recommend.”



Wednesday 18th November 2015
CHUMS Child Bereavement & Trauma Service – Workshop for Professionals Working with the Under Fives (all training delivered by myself – all day event), Bedfordshire, UK

Wednesday 4th March 2015
CBUK (Child Bereavement UK) Conference, Edinburgh, UK



Friday 23rd May 2014
TEDxMuenster, Muenster, Germany click to watch TEDxMuenster Talk Elke Barber

TEDxMuenster talk Elke Barber

TEDxMuenster Elke Barber


Saturday 8th March 2014
WAY (Widowed and Young) AGM, Peterborough, UK