Helping the bereaved to find hope is a passion for Jane Oundjian - so we are delighted that we will be welcoming her as guest speaker at the next online event hosted by The Compassionate Friends. Jane will offer us her unique story and perspectives on the losses in her own life, as well as the learning and wisdom derived from the many bereaved people she has worked with over a long career and experience.
During our evening together, Jane will tell us something of her own story of the loss of her single parent mother when she was just 16 years old, and the death of her son, Jeremy, aged 14 months. She will explore the difference in her responses to each loss - from running from the grief compared to accepting to go through it. She will look at the reality of how desperate it feels to lose a child and invite us to embrace the journey, however painful. Jane ultimately hopes to hold out to each of us the gift of hope and of a rich life ahead.
Jane Oundjian trained as a general counsellor with Westminster Pastoral Foundation in 1993 and then went on to train with Cruse Bereavement Care. She worked providing one-to-one bereavement support in her local community as well as helping to train future Cruse counsellors. Jane lost her mother at the age of sixteen, and also her first child when he was fourteen months old. These experiences led her to develop The Bereavement Journey in 1995, a course designed to help grieving people in small groups. She ran this at Holy Trinity Brompton for 23 years, and now continues to run it at her home in West Sussex.
Jane was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020 for services to the bereaved.
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