'LIVING WELL, DYING WELL’ is a registered charity that aims to empower people of all ages to live life fully, as well as shed light on how to accept, plan and prepare practically, emotionally and spiritually for the end of life.
We offer workshops for professionals who may encounter end of life issues in their work, to gain skills in working with death and dying. We run courses for the public, creating a safe space to explore and embrace the fact that we will all one day die. In addition we are pioneering the first UK training of lay-people to be Neighbourhood Doulas (companions) for the dying and will be launching our community development project in 2012.
Training, qualifications & experience
Senior trainers in Living Well Dying Well:
HERMIONE ELLIOTT is a nurse, midwife, counsellor and trainer. She has been working in a health and therapeutic context for more than 40 years, supporting people to use illness as a means for personal transformation. She has specialised in palliative care, working with terminally ill people at home and in the hospice environment. She has taught the Fundamentals of Imagework in Britain and Japan since 1997. She is the founder of Living Well Dying Well and has pioneered the first Doula for the Dying training in the UK. She is passionate about supporting people practically, emotionally and spiritually at the end of life.
BRIAN GRAHAM has been working in a therapeutic context for more than 30 years. He is currently a senior trainer both at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust in London, and at the Psychosynthesis Institute in Gothenburg. He also works as a therapist and clinical supervisor in private practice, and as clinical supervisor for the Counselling Service team at Canterbury University in the UK. He co-leads a yearly Elders Gathering in Italy, exploring purpose, meaning and service in later stages of life. He is particularly interested in our relationship with life and death and the soul’s journey.
OSANNA WHITEHOUSE is a trained psychosynthesis counsellor and business coach. She has worked in management, marketing and pubic relations and is a qualified adult education teacher – of creative writing, public speaking and listening skills. She believes realising our individual creativity is key to fulfilment and is a keen amateur artist. Her interest in exploring living and life – and acknowledging death - stems from a 7year period of serious illness. Now recovered Osanna is dedicated to living her life fully and assisting others to do the same.
LOUISE ANDERSON is married, a mother of 5 and has her own private practice. As a qualified psychosynthesis counsellor and art therapist she has run groups working with mothers and teenagers;, is a designer and an advocate of the Buteyko breathing method having suffered from asthma all her life. Louise is especially interested in working with the body, relationship issues and empowering ourselves to truly live the life that brings joy and fulfilment.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.