Knowing you leave unfinished interpersonal business can make the anticipation of death harder. The fear of dying is often wrapped up in the fear of pain and abandonment, and my End of Life therapy sessions create a space for the psychological and spiritual exploration needed for individuals and families facing death. Very often this includes exploring the meaning of life, addressing broken relationships, seeking and offering forgiveness, finishing important tasks, sharing important memories and values with loved ones, saying final goodbyes, and exploring what death means to you and your loved ones. Actively engaging with the process of dying can be both liberating and comforting, and can help to relieve the anxiety of dying with important things left unsaid and undone.
Having spent many years working alongside death, both as a nurse and a psychotherapist, I am passionate about the need for openness and transparency in all aspects of death and death planning, for everyone involved. I believe that every individual deserves a final tribute which not only reflects their own unique personality and approach to life, but that also honours and celebrates the unique gifts they brought to the world, and the legacy they leave behind.
I will work closely with you, your family and friends, and your chosen funeral director in order to create and carry out a beautifully unique funeral ceremony, which reflects the character, personality and beliefs of the deceased.
Everyone’s loss is different, and therefore everyone’s grief is different. Grieving can take many forms, and there is no set timeline or process. If you are grieving, it is important to understand that what you are feeling is part of the process of trying to come to terms with a major change in your life. It is completely normal to experience a wide range of feelings which can include shock, disbelief, confusion, sadness, loneliness and anger. Grief counselling can help you to understand how you are feeling (or not feeling), and can help you to find compassion, care and comfort for yourself during this time of great change.