Everything changed for me thirty years ago after I survived a light aircraft crash. It made me face up to my mortality and catapulted me onto a profound healing journey. For the past twenty years I have been helping people to transform their relationship with mortality through my end-of-life research, workshops and books on spirituality, consciousness, death and dying.
I have an MA in the Rhetoric and Rituals of Death (King Alfreds, Winchester) and a second MA in Creative Writing (Oxford Brookes). For many years I worked at a therapist, specialising in trauma, end of life issues, bereavement and grief. I now host Death Cafes on zoom, so please get in touch if you would like to be added to the mailing list.
Over the past few years I have become increasingly aware of the shifts and changes that are happening to our planet. This prompted me to write my latest book, Living Fully, Dying Consciously.
Creating the Granny Mo series
Shortly before his fourth birthday, my grandson, Jack, turned to me out of the blue while eating lunch and asked, ‘I going to die one day?’ The subsequent conversation I had with Jack made me realise how few resources were available to help grown-ups and children to talk together about difficult yet very important issues.
During lockdown, the idea came to me to produce a series of books to specifically bring together adults and children to talk more easily about death and dying. When Granny Mo appeared in my head, I knew she was the right voice and character to do just this.
I have now teamed up with illustrator Mark Powell, who has created the extraordinary illustrations for Is Teddy Going to Die? – the first book in the Granny Mo series. Mark is married to Gail Powell, Publishing Director of Loss Books who is delighted to act as publisher for the Granny Mo series. ‘I absolutely LOVE Granny Mo,’ says Gail, ‘She sits perfectly alongside all our range of personalised bereavement books for younger children. It feels as if we have formed our very own Granny Mo family!’
IS TEDDY GOING TO DIE?
Jack has a BIG question about Teddy, which is keeping him wide awake. He wants to know if Teddy is going to die one day, but he’s not sure who to ask about it. This is where Granny Mo comes to the rescue. She knows just what to say and how to say it so Jack and Teddy can snuggle up together and go to sleep.