I originally trained in supporting terminally ill cancer patients and their families in Texas in 1988. Since then have volunteered in various pre-bereavement and bereavement roles for organisations in the UK including Cancer Research UK and Macmillan. I am passionate about supporting people in a holistic, empathic way, whether that is through research or directly, and I only partner with qualified professionals who work with the same values and authenticity.
For the past fifteen years my focus has been on researching and supporting those affected by anticipatory grief and the bereaved. As a result, I have volunteered for Cruse Bereavement Care and Roadpeace in bereavement support, general and specialised support group facilitation, as a committee member, Board Trustee and helpline volunteer. I have also undertaken specialised training to work with children and young people, traumatic grief and baby deaths. My current focus is on completing a PhD exploring the experiences following gestnatal deaths in adolescence, creating and delivering training, facilitating workshops and bereavement support groups, and writing.
I was commissioned to write a book on grief for Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which was published worldwide in November, 2017. The book explains contemporary grief theory in an accessible way and debunks myths for any professional supporting the bereaved and grievers themselves. It also considers the impact of different personality types, different types of grief and the transactional nature of social factors such as cultural differences, the internet and digital legacies.
This book has been endorsed by several world renowned experts in grief such as Dr Colin Murray Parkes OBE, Professor Robert Neimeyer, Dr Edith Maria Steffen, and Dr Debra Bassett. It has also been endorsed by Hospice UK, the British Association of Social Workers, the Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal, Dr Aoife Lynam (Hibernia College), Dr Jennifer Dayes (Continuing Bonds Project) and Debbie Kerslake, former CEO of Cruse Bereavement Care, to name a few.
I am currently focussed on completing my PhD research exploring experiences in adolescence and their impact on mental health throughout the lifespan.
I have been facilitating Death Cafes in Dublin since 2016; events are posted on Eventbrite.
Sex and Relationship Education
Prolonged Grief Disorder
2016 - 2020
Trinity College, Dublin