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.
It's been wonderful to meet so many skilled and committed people who work to support grieving people in the UK this year. I'm very sad to be leaving, but looking forward to returning next year.
You can find the powerpoint slides for the masterclass under the Education tab above.
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:
Motherhood Missed: Stories of loss and living from circumstantially childless women
I have recently signed a contract for a book about 'circumstantial childlessness' with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The book will be a collection of stories from women who planned to have a biological child or children, but find themselves come to the end of their fertility without that happening.