Julia Samuel is the daughter of James Guinness and his wife Pauline (née Mander). Her brother Hugo Guinness is an artist and model, and her sister is Sabrina Guinness. She is one of the seven godparents of Prince George of Cambridge.
Julia is a psychotherapist specialising in grief and worked as a bereavement counsellor in the NHS paediatrics department of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where she pioneered the role of maternity and paediatric psychotherapist. In 1994 she helped launch and establish Child Bereavement UK, and as Founder Patron, continues to play an active role in the charity.
She married the Honourable Michael Samuel, of the Hill Samuel banking family.
Samuel was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to bereaved parents of babies. She is a Vice President of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an Honorary Doctor of Middlesex University.
Her first book, Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving, was published in 2017.
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