Dr. Bill Webster knows about grief not just in theory, but also from experience. He knows first-hand the pain of losing someone special. Bill lost his young wife when they were both in their thirties. He struggled to come to terms with his loss as well as with the task of being a single parent to his two sons, who were only 9 and 7 when their mother died.
There were times in the months that followed that Bill wondered if he was losing his mind; at the very least, he felt he wasn’t living up to the expectations of those who said he should “pull yourself together,” or who suggested that “it’s been 3 months … you should be over it by now.” But he soon discovered that he was in fact experiencing grief.
It was because he and others did not understand the process that Bill decided to begin assisting others deal with this most difficult and often misunderstood experience of life. Through his years as a grief counsellor, he has produced numerous books and videos.
Dr Webster is assisted in the UK by Carol Crane, Director of Administration and Bereavement Care for Grief Journey UK. Carol struggled after the loss of her youngest daughter, Rosie, who died from leukaemia at the age of 23. She read one of Dr Bill Webster’s Grief Journey books, ‘Now What?’ soon after Rosie died, which helped her understand how individual each experience of grief and loss is, giving her the confidence to take her grief journey at her own pace and in her own way. This experience ignited a desire to be able to offer others the support she had been unable to find herself.
Carol has been working with grieving families since 2006 when she founded The Rosie Crane Trust, a charity supporting bereaved parents through their grief after the loss of a son or daughter of any age. Talking to other bereaved parents helped her feel less isolated and normalised her feelings and thoughts, giving her the idea of turning her devastating experience into something positive to help others. For her voluntary work as Founder and Chair of the trust Carol was chosen as the Western Gazette’s Pride Awards Local Hero winner in 2013. In 2014 she won the National Women’s Register’s Mary Stott Woman of the Year Award as the member who has done something exceptional.
In 2013 Carol volunteered to become a facilitator for Grief Journey South Somerset where she has been given the role of Lead Facilitator. She trained with Grief Journey UK, and subsequently wrote the programme around Grief Journey UK guide lines, liaised with the commissioning organisation and team of facilitators, produced the power points, handouts and notes for the facilitators. In 2014 she attended a Grief Journey UK ‘Train the Trainer’ two day course and was asked to become a trainer, a role she was very happy to take on.
Carol worked part time for 15 years as a college tutor, also having responsibility for student pastoral care, and while there had the opportunity to study counselling. In 2007 she completed CPCAB Introduction to Counselling Skills, in 2008 CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills and in 2009 CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies. She set up her own business in 1996 as an Interior Designer which has given her the business experience she needs to run Grief Journey UK successfully.
Volunteering as a facilitator for Grief Journey South Somerset and running The Rosie Crane Trust has enabled Carol to see grief from many viewpoints, and she will use all of her different experiences and skills to develop and move Grief Journey UK forward.
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Below you will find links to various resources available to you and every grieving person as they make their way along their grief journey.