During 30 years in human healthcare as a Registered General Nurse, I developed a strong interest in end-of-life issues and communicating with the bereaved with empathy and sensitivity. With an ongoing passion for animal welfare, it was a natural progression to train in Animal Bereavement Counselling.
Shortly after I gained a diploma in this area in 2001 I was asked to set up and run an innovative national pet bereavement support service for a small charity called Environmental Animal Sanctuary & Education.
Over the years I have developed my own methods of communicating with bereaved pet owners, and written a wide range of support literature, including a Children’s Pet Bereavement activity book. Consequently I was delighted to be awarded a Fellowship by the Society of Bereavement Practitioners in respect of my work. Having moved into teaching and lecturing on this subject, I now enjoy engaging with all levels of staff within animal welfare organisations and the veterinary profession to promote enhanced animal bereavement support.
My workshops are designed to allow the participants to feel at ease so that they can talk openly and honestly about the challenges and difficulties that this subject invariably causes. I encourage lively discussions and I love to see the participants learning not only from my teaching, but from each other.
I live with my husband and little rescue dog in East Devon and work part-time at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. I feel fortunate to live and work in an area of outstanding beauty – an ideal place to meet with friends for dog walks and visits to the sea.