I am a lecturer, researcher, counsellor, and writer about loss and grief. My work with grieving people, and with the other professionals who support them, reflects my understanding that grief is not only about our responses when someone dies, but about losing anything that is important to us. It may be our relationship, our dreams of having a child, our hopes and expectations, independence, jobs, home or health.
Living with the losses of life is not so much about getting ‘over’ them, as finding ways to live with them, and live a happy and full life that includes them. Grieving is an experience of making sense of our losses, of getting adjusted to a different life and different expectations; of growing around them.
Life has done a fair bit of its ups and downs routine for me lately and my tie in the UK will be more limited this year. But I look forward to spending June there, doing a little teaching, and meeting up with others working in the field. I'll be speaking at a conference around the Sociology of Reproductive Technologies at the University of Cambridge, and another that focusses on the use of narratives as a means of research and social action, in Enschede in the The Netherlands. Most of all, I'm excited about being in England again!
Motherhood Missed: Stories of loss and living from circumstantially childless women
With the manuscript submitted I'm very happy to be working through the publication process of this book, with a planned publication date of September 21st! The cover looks great, and Jody Day has written a wonderful Foreword for it.
Where to order grief resources in the UK
If you are in the UK, both the Growing around Grief and the A Brief Guide to Grief foldups are available. Please order directly from Heart & Soul Funerals via email to Jane Morrell at this address: