Meet the Team

Lorraine

lorraine@survivingbereavement.com

I’m Lorraine and I am a Mindfulness teacher and complementary therapist. I am committed to supporting the wellbeing of others. I set up my own business ‘Flourish Health and Wellbeing’ nearly two years ago now and, during that time, I have worked with lots of people in helping them to reduce their stress levels and re-gain some inner peace and happiness.  

One of the reasons I am so passionate about what I do is because of my own experiences. Back in early 2011, I was a single parent with a young daughter and two amazing parents. Little did I know that everything was about to change – fairly dramatically. Both of my parents were unexpectedly diagnosed with terminal illness. My dad died in August and my mum died three months later, in November of the same year. I felt like the bottom had fallen out of my world overnight. 

When I look back now, if I hadn’t have had wonderful, supportive friends and discovered some of the therapies that I now practice, I’m not sure where I would be. Having the support of others doesn’t necessarily change anything but it definitely helped me to know that others cared. Sometimes sitting silently with someone was all that I needed.  It was at that time that I also discovered EFT (tapping therapy) and Mindfulness; both of which helped me tremendously in terms of letting go of troubling thoughts and being kinder to myself. They changed things so much for me personally that I decided to train in both areas to enable me to help others. 

Life after loss can be the most challenging experience ever and the path is not always a straight line. There can be good days, bad days, ups and downs. Even with good friends and family around you, you may still feel very lonely at times.

I am dedicated to using my own experiences and the skills I have acquired to support others through this overwhelming process, one small step at a time.

Corrine

corrine@survivingbereavement.com

My name is Corrine Seabourne and I am a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Private Client work.  This includes the drafting of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorneys for Property and Financial Affairs and Health and Welfare, Trusts and the Administration of Estates when a person passes away with or without a Will.   I joined Alsters Kelley Solicitors in 2006 from the Court Service and began practising in this area in 2008. Whilst working full time, I studied part time and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institutes of Legal Executives in 2018.

When I see clients, it can sometimes be at the most difficult times in their lives. For some people preparing a Will can give a sense of impending doom or be very daunting, especially where family situations may not be straight forward. I take pride in guiding clients through the process and listening to them and their needs, providing support when required.  Many clients comment at the end of a meeting that the process was much simpler than they had anticipated!

When a family member passes away it can be an extremely difficult time for the family. The family can be thrown into turmoil, not knowing which way to turn.  I ease that stress by assisting families with the legalities surrounding the administration of estates.  I understand that a person has just lost a loved one and must grieve.  By taking a calm and supportive approach, I help clients through the process and allow them to have the time to grieve whilst their legal matters are taken care of.

Having spent 15 years in the Army Reserves and growing up the second eldest of a family of eight, I have a lot of experience in dealing with a wide range of personalities and situations and I feel proud to be using my skills to help people from all walks of life at what can be difficult times.

Anne

anne@survivingbereavement.com

Anne Cawley Commercial Director Jamieson Christie Wealth Management.

Through both personal experience and that of our clients, I understand that the death of someone dear to you is traumatic.  At such a difficult time it can be overwhelming to discover just how many practical arrangements there are to take care of, at a time when you may want to just hide yourself away and do nothing.  For others, the feeling of having to do something, to keep busy means putting additional pressure upon themselves at a time when they may already be feeling so low.  Generally in a relationship, whether that be as a couple, a partnership or a family unit, someone takes the lead role for a particular task and we frequently find that this is the case when it comes to finances.  Many people have never personally had to deal with the financial arrangements, someone else has always dealt with it.  But when that person is no longer there, the feeling of having to understand everything their loved one learned over many years can be completely overwhelming.  Financially this may now mean that they and / or their families will have to contend with significant changes to their overall financial situation and security.

Following decades of guiding those recently bereaved through the emotional and practical maze of matters, our experience helps to support and prioritise in the short term.  Then, when the time is right we can help to review and plan your financial future. 

There is plenty of help and guidance available now through organisations and the internet, but we are often told by our clients that this can be too overwhelming at times and that applying it to their own personal circumstances can be difficult.  The most frequent feedback we receive is to say that by making clear what needs to be done now and what can be left for another day, by guiding them through the process of change and allowing them to concentrate on their future and that of their families, has been the most valuable help.

If you know someone who has recently lost someone dear to them, who may be struggling with financial matters, then why not get in touch with us.  We will provide an initial, no cost, no obligation discussion.  If nothing else, it may simply clarify any tasks that should be taken care of and, if relevant, re-assurance may be given to take just one concern away at such as stressful time.

Adele

“Chronic illness gives us two options, stay in bed and hear about others’ experiences and success or get up and make our own. I’m too nosey to be this poorly and stay in bed”.

Proud winner of Ladies First ‘Young Inspirational Achievers Award 2017 and founder of Good Life Love Life and the ‘Poorly Parenting Project’.

Adele won the award for her strong determination and positive fighting spirit against a life time of illness. Since winning the award Adele has had even further declining health and major surgery. The hardest part of living with such health complications is the time away from her family, particularly her young Daughter Annabelle. Adele says: “It’s always harder for those surrounded by the sick person than it is for them – watching someone you love suffer and feeling helpless”

Good Life : Love Life was founded in 2016 after being unable to go back to work after the birth of her premature daughter with declining health, long hospital admissions and severe lack of confidence.

For the first time ever, the award gave Adele self-worth and the courage to start sharing her story. Unfortunately, just days after was extremely poorly and admitted into hospital for over 4months, needing major surgery and fighting off several serious and life threatening infections. Adele went home in January 2018 after being away from her daughter and family for Christmas and many precious moments we all take for granted.

Never one to give in or miss out, 11 months after discharge Adele accepted the generous offer of a trip to visit her cousin in Swaziland, a doctor who has lived out there for several years but due to limited funds and long hospital admissions there was never the right time. Within a week, travelled on her own from Birmingham with two suitcase and additional boxes of feeding supplies and equipment, ostomy care and large quantities of medication including morephine.

The adventurous trip and encouragement from Ladies First inspired her to use her Good Life Love Life page to document her life, the ups and down of living with an illness and was astounded by its response and interest. Life is for living, in 12months Adele went from being in HDU care to celebrating new year in Africa.

Using her own pictures to create inspiring quotes to share online, “Life is made up of moments, don’t let a moment of pain stop you”. Her social media following has grown to over 1000 on Facebook and expanded on to Instagram with many followers messaging to show their gratitude for her inspiration and motivation. Others such as ‘Surviving Chronic Illness’ has reached out and Adele now also provides weekly content to online support groups. Posting videos for tube awareness week, world prematurity day and other important charitable causes.

Adele is determined to raise awareness and offer support to anyone struggling with chronic illness, particularly parents like herself. After spending another Mother’s Day in hospital, and talking to other parents who are chronically ill or disabled, Adele started the ‘Poorly Parenting Project’ to offer emotional and practically support.

This is just the start for Adele, she will continue with such positivity to live life to the fullest making memories for her daughter. Aiming to raise more awareness through presentations and public speaking to educate and inspire chronic and invisible illness. Reach a greater audience and create support events such as family days and fundraisers to give emotional, practical and financial support for the Poorly Parent Project and anyone else who needs help to cope with illness.

Adele works with us on Making Memories – Memory Boxes.