Steering Group & Governance

Current governance structure:

The BNE is hosted by the Danish National Center for Grief. An interim governance structure is in place during the launch of Bereavement Network Europe as a formal membership organization. A steering group oversees three working sub-groups i) governance, ii) finance/research, and iii) content.  The steering group has an interim function.  As membership is recruited to BNE, members will be elected to the steering group thereby shaping the ongoing direction of the work. 

Members of the steering group:

HEIDI MÜLLER (Chair), Dipl.-Pol., Senior researcher and bereavement counselor at Trauerzentrum Frankfurt, Germany, associated with University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg, Giessen Site, Germany,,  

ALBA PAYAS – (Vice Chair) Bereavement counselor. Head of IPIR Barcelona – Bereavement and Loss Institute Director of Msc Counseling e intervención en pérdidas duelo y trauma Il3- Barcelona University 

Dr. EVA ZSAK, PhD Researcher Perinatal bereavement specialist, Thanatologist, Intercultural communication specialist 

ORLA KEEGAN (Coordinator – content) –  Head of Education and Bereavement, Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin, Ireland, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Course Director MSc Loss & Bereavement, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 

Dr. CLARE KILLIKELLY (Coordinator – finance, research), Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Zürich, Department of Psychology 
Division Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention

Dr. LONNEKE LENFERINK (Coordinator – finance, research): Postdoctoral Researcher, Utrecht University, Department of Clinical Psychology, 

As host organization The Danish National Center for Grief (DNCG) attends all Steering Group meetings: 

TINA GRAVEN ØSTERGAARD, MA & MSc, Head of international cooperation,,