I believe passionately that society needs to be more open about grief, death and dying.
This quote from my first book, Gifted By Grief sums it up.
To be sticking our heads in the sand and finding these topics difficult to mention is complete madness, given we are all going to be affected by them sooner or later. It’s my intention to open up conversations about these topics and bring them out of the closet.
This is a desire that arose out of my husband Philip's death in 2011, when it became obvious that he would have had a very different experience had he not been so afraid of dying.
It's a bit ironic now that it is due to his death that I have found my passion. Fortunately, I can laugh at that!
I've worked for over thirty years in the personal growth industry as a counselor, psychotherapist and trainer, and owned Oxfordshire’s largest complementary health clinic for 3 years. I am an author, coach and speaker, and have helped thousands of people around the world to transform their lives and business.
In 2017 I founded Before I Go Solutions, a social enterprise (not-for-profit) dedicated to having end of life plans become as commonplace as birthplans, and to encourage people to be more at ease talking about dying, death and grief.
I originally trained personally in 1990 with Louise L Hay, founder of Hay House publishers and author of the famous book, You Can Heal Your Life ®, and became the first person to lead You Can Heal Your Life® study groups in the UK and Europe, which I did for about ten years.
Gifted By Grief was published in 2015 and is still selling strongly, and next was Before I Go: The Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan. It, along with the accompanying Workbook, is the basis for all our programmes.
I am associated with the world-renowned Findhorn Foundation Community; spiritual community, eco-village and learning centre in the Highlands of Scotland, and live nearby.
Being part of a community that cares about the environment, our earth, and each other is a daily blessing for me.
I love my solo early morning walks, reading and learning, and having friends for supper.
I've been told I bring joy, love, and a light touch to everything I do - I hope so, because that means I can talk about the end of life, while fully embracing being alive, a marvellous juxtaposition which often brings a wry smile to my face.
It's only very occasionally now that I work with people 1:1.
But if you feel this could be right for you, and you want to explore end of life issues, commit to taking action, and you want to do it with me personally as your companion, please contact me , let me know why you are interested, and we'll arrange an initial chat.