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.
I'm looking forward to meeting some of you at this year's teaching venues in the UK. I'll be giving a keynote plenary at the Cruse Northern Ireland conference in Belfast on May 23/24. Masterclasses will be at:
London: May 9th NCVO, All Saints Street, N1 9RL
Leeds: June 27th Park Plaza Hotel, Boar Lane, LS1 5NS
Cardiff: May 22nd Vale Hotel, Hensol Park, Hensol, CF72 8JY
Belfast: May 25th Park Avenue Hotel, 158 Holywood Road, BT4 1PB.
You can register for any of these events through the Cruse website
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 just 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.
I will be interviewing for the book in the UK over May and June. If you would like to talk about the possibility of telling your story for the book, please contact me at email@example.com