I'm Abi and I live with my husband John in Staffordshire, England.
I'm a teacher, retreat leader and author with 35 years experience. My qualifications include a PGCE (DTLLS) for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
I'm a doubly bereaved mother, having lost my son Pax in 1982 and daughter Catherine in 2011. (I have no surviving children.) My own experiences have helped inform my work on bereavement which started with the book "A Valley Journal", led to my blog of the same name, and since 2016, leading retreats and organising training.
In addition, I currently lead the publications committee of The Compassionate Friends UK (a national charity supporting bereaved parents and siblings), and sit on the Management Board of Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent.
My other work has been teaching English (ESOL) - I am a homestay tutor with Living Learning English though I used to teach in college - and I am also a writer and editor.