Grief Consultant

   Profile

        -  outlining the experiences that fire my passion for the work that I do around loss and grief ...

 

Bereavement Work

 

  • For 12 years Caroline ran the Guildford branch of SANDS (the Stillbirth & Neo-natal Death charity).  During this time she supported children and their families when a baby had died.  She was responsible for helping people both on an individual basis and in groups.
  • She supervised the subsequent SANDS group for several years.
  • Caroline facilitated a bereavement group for newly bereaved adults at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. 
  • She works with bereaved children in a group called ‘Little Rays’.
  • She also works as a bereavement counsellor supporting adults on a 1:1 basis.

 

 

Public Speaking

 

  • Caroline has visited schools and spoken to children in small groups and in assemblies about death and loss of all kinds.  She speaks about the various supportive roles she has played and uses her books as springboards for discussion. Caroline has received excellent feedback from the schools regarding the impact her input has had not only on school staff but also on the young students.
  • She has also spoken at national conferences and at training days for healthcare professionals about her experience as a bereaved parent, outlining what is helpful with the aim of inspiring best practice. She is well respected as an authority in this sensitive area.

 

 

Workshops

 

  • Caroline has facilitated workshops for healthcare professionals on communication skills and in particular breaking bad news.
  • She has participated in GP training schemes role-playing in communicating bad news scenarios, providing valuable feedback for GP participants and providing informative insights into grief in both adults and children.
  • She successfully runs workshops for adults working in the field of loss and grief whether as professionals or as volunteers.
  • She also successfully runs workshops for professionals working with children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – most recently for Advanced Practitioners in ‘Attention Autism’ practice.
  • Caroline is highly regarded in this work and has been pivotal in inspiring confidence and fostering new ways of thinking

 

 

Writing

 

  • In 1990 Caroline wrote and published ‘When Your Baby Dies’ an information and memory booklet for bereaved parents.
  • From 1992 – 2005 she worked with the Child Bereavement Trust (now Child Bereavement UK) writing and producing videos, books and short films for bereaved children, their families and the healthcare professionals who care for them.
  • In 2004 she published ‘Riding on a Dangerous Wind’ a fictional novel of one woman’s journey through breast cancer based on her own personal experience.
  • In 2005 she wrote ‘Outliving The Hamster’, a play about surviving breast cancer, performed by her at the Edinburgh Festival.
  • In 2013 she co-wrote ‘What Does Dead Mean?’ – a picture book to help explain death and dying to young children.
  • In 2014 she wrote, cast and performed in ‘The Danger Age’ - a short film to warn of the dangers of drowning for young children. 
  • In 2015 she published the ‘Seeds of Hope Bereavement & Loss Activity Book’.
  • In 2019 she wrote and published the picture book ‘Pepper, Pooch & Little’, a story of lifetimes long and short, designed to be a gentle introduction to life and death for young children.

 

Charity Sector

 

  • From 1991 – 2010 Caroline organised a ‘Celebration of Life’ remembrance service every 3 years in Guildford Cathedral for babies and children who had died.
  • She raised money to refurbish the Children’s Chapel at the Cathedral and put in place two Remembrance Books for children.
  • In 1995 she founded a national charity (The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden) to raise money to establish a children’s garden in the grounds of Guildford Cathedral and to produce ‘The Seeds of Hope Activity Pack’ to help children and their families manage loss of all kinds through the use of nature. (For more information please see the Children's Garden page).
  • In 2008 The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden was opened and during the following years Caroline distributed ‘The Seeds of Hope Activity Pack’ around the world. Due to her passion and dedication, the work begun in Guildford spread as far afield as New Zealand and the Far East.

 

On a personal note, Caroline has faced the challenges of many bereavements in her own life.  It is this that has inspired her strong desire to make a difference by helping others who are faced with similar loss and grief.

 

In Conclusion

 

Caroline’s experience, both professional and personal, equips her with a unique knowledge base from which to offer information and advice to anyone working with children who are experiencing loss and grief.  Her acknowledged expertise in facilitating groups ensures that she is able to provide a safe and supportive space for anyone working with her in this challenging area.  Her excellent communication skills allow her to deliver information clearly and her understanding allows her to respond with empathy and sensitivity in all situations.


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