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Living a Double Life

Keren DavidFilmed at JDOV Live with the JC and JW3

How do you mourn someone you never knew? This was the challenge that Keren David and her family faced when their second child, Daniel was stillborn a week before his due date in February 1998, an unexplained, mysterious death. Keren framed this talk as the barmitzvah speech that she never got to give for Daniel, because it was a way to reflect on the positive ways in which he changed them and the world. When Daniel died the pain was so acute that she really could not imagine how one goes on living with such a burden of grief. Camille Compton from the Jewish Baby Bereavement group gave her the inspiration to keep going. Keren's hope is that her talk will reach other parents struggling with the loss of a baby. This talk is dedicated to Daniel Moss, to Daisy Compton and to James Valentine Peake. Never forgotten, always with us, written on our hands.

Keren David started in journalism as a teenager when she got a job as an editorial assistant at the Jewish Chronicle. She turned down a place at university to remain at the JC, training as a reporter, and then worked for many papers in London and Scotland before becoming a news editor at the Independent. She lived in Amsterdam for eight years, where she studied History of Art and worked for a photojournalism agency. She re-joined the JC earlier this year as Features Editor. She is the award-winning author of seven Young Adult books. She is adapting her book Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery into a musical. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at City University on the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing. Keren lives in north London with her husband and two children.

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