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Abi May

A talk about grief

Suggested duration: 60 minutes with Q&A

Ideally this is followed with an informal time of chatting over tea and coffee

This talk is suitable for churches, WI, carers groups and others.

You will only need to provide travel expenses and a donation for my time.

I’m based in Staffordshire and am willing to travel.

The death of a loved one can have an immense impact, especially if it is someone who was central to our lives, such as a spouse or child. In this talk, I look at some of the ways the bereavement can affect us, including overwhelming emotions, unanswered questions, practical and financial changes, and family and social relationships.

Being honest about the deep sadness, loneliness, anger, heartbreak, anxiety, guilt, sleeplessness, confusion, fear of the future and even crises of faith that can follow bereavement is essential if we’re going to cope with it and “live with loss.”

Drawing on my own experiences as a doubly-bereaved mother and those I have met in my Living with Loss project, along with basic principles of grief research, this is a hopeful talk on coping with bereavement and its aftermath.

Although we walk through the valley of shadow of death, we can find peace and strength to go on.

This talk features:

  • Visual illustrations
  • Personal stories
  • Gentle Christian principles
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Hope!

Abi May
Speaker, author & retreat leader

I run the Living with Loss project. We have been running bereavement support events since 2016 at locations including Lee Abbey, Launde Abbey, Cloverley Retreat Centre, Briery Centre, Greenhouse Christian Centre, various churches and other venues.

Living with Loss is a member of the National Bereavement Alliance

Living with Loss with Abi May has been featured on BBC Songs of Praise (15 January 2023)