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Vanessa May

Holistic Grief Coach

Vanessa May

Hello, I'm Vanessa, a holistic grief coach and certified grief educator, trained by leading grief expert, David Kessler. I have personal experience of how devastating loss can be and, with my background as a nutritional therapist and wellbeing coach, I offer an integrated approach to grief and take into consideration how it can affect mind, body and spirit.

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I can help you with:

  • Loss of a child

  • Loss of a partner

  • Loss of a sibling

  • Loss of a parent

  • Physical aspects of grief (as a BANT nutritional therapist)

  • The effects of grief on mind, body and spirit

  • Sudden loss

  • Covid bereavement

I have lived experience of traumatic loss, as a bereaved parent and as a widow. Using my 16 years experience as a wellbeing coach and a BANT registered nutritional therapist, I now offer a unique form of holistic grief support. I have written two books and several articles on grief.

Here’s what I can offer you: I believe it can make a marked difference if you talk to someone who can truly understand your pain, who can provide not only heartfelt compassion but also practical advice, coping skills and strategies for emotional and physical health and wellbeing - based on my professional as well as personal experience.

The grief support I offer is holistic, covering not only the emotional impact but also the physical and spiritual facets of grief, if needed. I adapt our sessions to you as an individual - because grief is different for everyone. The fallout from a significant loss, especially if it was sudden and traumatic, can notably affect your physical health in all manner of ways, from insomnia and anxiety to digestive upset and headaches. As a fully qualified and experienced nutritional therapist, I can effectively help you with the physical aspects of grief.

My aim is to offer you hope and encouragement to begin to move forward, at your own pace – which is different from ‘moving on’ or ‘finding closure’. I will never offer platitudes or minimise the profound impact your bereavement may have had on you. I can listen to you talk about your loved one and the impact of their death, as well as help you to explore ways to honour them, continue your bond with them and to practice self-care. I can walk beside you, lighting a path through your grief.

Vanessa's qualifications include:

  • Certified Grief Educator

  • BSc Nutritional Medicine

  • ILM Accredited Wellbeing Coach

  • Registered member of The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

  • The Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)

  • FHT Foundation Level Accreditation in Family Dynamics


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