abi@mayihelp.co.uk

About Me


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 main 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 now in 2016/2017 to 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. 
 

I'm a Christian by choice, not birth. My faith is important to me, but denominations and tradition much less so. "Love God and love your neighbour as yourself" is what Jesus taught, and that's my basic philosophy.

Life isn't all work. I am quite in love with the outdoors and enjoy gardening, walking, travelling and taking photos. (The majority of pictures on this website are my own.) 
 
BlueTitsI'm not much of an artist but enjoy making felt art pictures (this is my favourite production so far). 
 
Oh, I've survived cancer twice, most recently renal (kidney) cancer in 2015.

I'm British born and bred, but I worked overseas for  about 25 years.