The Loss Foundation

Providing free bereavement support

for loss to Cancer or Covid-19

Our services

 

About

 

The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer, whether that be spouses, family members, friends or colleagues. We also offer specific Covid-19 loss support.

We provide a variety of support events to help people at any point during their loss, and create the opportunity for them to meet others who have experienced something similar. We also educate and empower others to support those who are grieving via our workshops and training.

We can only provide our unique services thanks to the generosity of people like you. If you are able to support us as a monthly donor, through a one-off gift, or by fundraising to inspire others, then you can help us support more people suffering through loss.

 

 

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Hear from our beneficiaries

 

“I spent weeks phoning around London hospitals and bereavement centres but could not access a group like this – one that simply brings people together to share their stories of loss in an intimate, informal, and accepting context.”

“Knowing that there is something there is enormously reassuring.”

"Just being in a room with people who understand creates a very deep and subtle empathy, without people realising they are doing it."

"I have very warm memories of our Retreat week end in 2015"

Meet our team

 

  • Shereen Sally
    Trustee
    Shereen Sally
    Trustee

    Shereen joined The Loss Foundation at it's inception and is both a Trustee and event facilitator. Currently working as the Deputy Head of Student Experience at City University London, Shereen also has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management and over 15 years experience of working and fundraising for cancer led charities, children charities and mental health charities.

    Likes: Travelling, cheese, team sports

    Dislikes: Lack of sleep, public toilets, dogs barking

  • Akua Achampong
    Volunteer Comedy Event Producer
    Akua Achampong
    Volunteer Comedy Event Producer
    Akua joined The Loss Foundation in 2013. She was desperate to find a way to support the charity, and eventually found her place co organising the first ever annual comedy show and has been a part of the 'Make em Laugh', committee ever since. Akua has worked in TV production since 2012.
     
    Likes: Dimples, laughing and honesty 
     
    Dislikes: Pompous people, farts in lifts, diets
  • Rebecca Mahallati
    Trustee
    Rebecca Mahallati
    Trustee
    Rebecca is a highly experienced strategic and insightful senior fundraiser.  She has worked in the third sector since 2005 - spending 10 of those years at Cancer Research UK - where she honed her skills and led one of CRUK's high-value fundraising teams.
     
    Likes: Jane Eyre, crumpets, pots of tea
     
    Dislikes: bad manners, moths, celery
  • Ruth Barnett
    Trustee
    Ruth Barnett
    Trustee

    Ruth joined the board of trustees in 2015 to help advise the charity on communications strategy and management. Currently Director of Communications for a technology company, Ruth is a former journalist and has a degree in politics.

    Likes: dinners with loved ones; the seaside; small acts of kindness
     
    Dislikes: the usual list of injustice and cruelty; my chronic Zoopla addiction
  • Dr Jessica Bilaney
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Jessica Bilaney
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Jess feels incredibly privileged to be a volunteer for The Loss Foundation having admired Erin and her passion for the cause since the charity was founded in 2010. She has been a facilitator for the support groups since 2012 and the bereavement retreats since 2013, and feels that being part of this dynamic and innovative charity has been a truly humbling experience. 

    Jess is a medical doctor, training to be a general practitioner in London, and encounters illness and loss regularly. Through her work with The Loss Foundation she feels better equipped to talk to patients and their families about bereavement, and also bring some of those skills into her consultations. Jess is hugely proud of the work we do at The Loss Foundation and is excited to be part of this ever evolving organisation, and what the future brings with regards to bereavement support and research in this area.

    Likes: Cooking, baths, panda bears

    Dislikes: Baked beans (yuk!), spiders, scary movies

  • Hjördis Lorenz
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Hjördis Lorenz
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Hjördis joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in 2017 whilst completing her PhD in psychology at the University of Oxford. She heard about The Loss Foundation through her colleagues who have been part of the foundation since the start. She is currently doing research on trauma prevention in emergency workers and greatly believes in the power of people coming together to support each other. 

    Likes: Wind, the smell of freshly baked bread, traveling to new places

    Dislikes: Alarm clocks, missing the bus, not finding the matching sock

  • Christine Lewington
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Christine Lewington
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Christine joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in autumn 2017. She is currently studying for a MSc Psychology at the University of East London, with the hope to eventually train as a Clinical Psychologist. She is a passionate believer in bringing more compassion into our daily lives.

    Likes: singing, scandi crime series, the seaside

    Dislikes: rain, jelly, rush hour commutes 

  • Dr Francine Bear
    Trustee & Facilitator
    Dr Francine Bear
    Trustee & Facilitator

    Francine has been involved in the charity since it began in 2010 and was part of the small team helping Erin in it's development. She is a regular support group facilitator, contributes to the charity's fundraising arm and sits on the board of trustees. Francine recently qualified as a Clinical Psychologist, and has conducted her doctoral research thesis in collaboration with The Loss Foundation to examine how spouses make sense of bereavement following cancer.

    Likes: Plants and flowers, feta, being silly

    Dislikes: Long hairs on sponges, queuing when in a rush, horror films

  • Professor Helen Storey MBE
    Patron
    Professor Helen Storey MBE
    Patron

    Helen’s connection to The Loss Foundation goes back to it’s earliest formation and the love that inspired it's birth. Her role as advisor remains one of support and imagining the future together. She is a Professor of Fashion & Science at The University of The Arts London and currently works in several unexpected ways for the plight of the global refugee crisis through her work with the UNHCR.

    Likes: Humans, old trees, sun

    Dislikes: Wasting time, liquorice, lack of sleep

  • Peter Osborn
    Trustee & Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Peter Osborn
    Trustee & Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Peter started attending The Loss Foundation support groups after the death of his wife Gayle in 2010, and became a Trustee in 2016. He makes videos and organises workshops to promote skills of dialogue and organisational management for charities and social enterprises, and he runs singing and wellbeing weekends because... he loves singing.
     
    Likes: Singing, holidays, his wonderful family - especially Sid (grandson)
     
    Dislikes: Tomatoes, pomposity, horror films
  • Sarah Barrick
    Trustee
    Sarah Barrick
    Trustee

    Sarah joined the board of trustees in 2018 to help advise the charity on all things HR related. Sarah is currently a People Partner   for a technology company, following a number of global HR roles in the finance industry.

    Likes: Travel, Food and having a lay in on a Saturday morning
     
    Dislikes: Olives, Negativity and getting up early on a Saturday morning
  • Eirini Oikonomou
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Eirini Oikonomou
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Eirini has been volunteering as a facilitator for the support groups in Oxford since May 2016 after having heard about The Loss Foundation's work through a colleague who was already volunteering. Having to go through the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences in anyone’s life, and Eirini finds it inspiring and heart-warming that people have the courage to go to a support group and share their thoughts on grief. Eirini feels privileged to be a part of such a passionate team that is dedicated to providing a welcome space for people to freely share their thoughts and talk about their bereavement experiences. Her time volunteering has been a rich learning experience on grief, bereavement support and mostly, human strength.

    Likes: Extra dark chocolate, science fiction, jogging on a rainy day

    Dislikes: Kiwis, slow internet connections, hitting her toe on the corner of the bed

  • Deepa Patel
    Chair
    Deepa Patel
    Chair

    Deepa is the Chair of The Loss foundation. She is passionate about music, fighting injustice and nurturing reciprocity, wisdom and creativity in our world. Her past roles have included being a music education producer for BBC radio, a campaigner on HIV/AIDS for Action Aid, and as a Co-Managing Director of Creative Partnerships (a national UK Government Initiative on creativity in schools). She currently consults and facilitates change programmes for organisations globally using the art of collaboration, conversation and contemplation.

    Likes (or more accurately loves): Mangoes, silence, Mohammad Ali

    Dislikes: Reality TV (but can't help watching), being impatient with herself and others, wanting to buy new shoes when she is unhappy

  • Katie Murphy
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Katie Murphy
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Katie has been volunteering as a group facilitator since September 2018, having heard about The Loss Foundation through another facilitator and friend. Having lost loved ones to cancer, Katie was motivated to join such a passionate team offering a compassionate and supportive space for people to share in their grief. Katie currently works in mental health services across London, with the aim of continuing her Psychology education. 
     
    Likes: yoga, sea swims, when Ireland beat the All Blacks (finally!)
     
    Dislikes: spiders, milk, losing things 
     
  • Aoife Ryan
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Aoife Ryan
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Aoife joined The Loss Foundation as a facilitator in autumn 2018. Having moved to London two years previously Aoife was keen to find a volunteering opportunity that allowed her to feel part of a community while making use of her skills. Aoife currently works as an assistant psychologist within a clinical health team for people with learning disabilities. 
     
    Likes: Running (or at least attempting to), Italian food and a good book
     
    Dislikes: mushrooms, shopping in crowds and not getting time in nature 
  • Alexandria Phillips
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Alexandria Phillips
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Alex joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in summer 2017 and is excited to be part of such a compassionate and supportive team helping those who are sometimes forgotten in their grief. She is currently working in community mental health specifically with adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety and trauma. She has previously volunteered with Mind and aspires to train as a clinical psychologist.
     
    Likes: Sun, cheese, laughter 
     
    Dislikes: Rain, hayfever and being stuck in traffic 
  • Paris Congrave
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Paris Congrave
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Paris joined The Loss Foundation in 2015 after being struck by the vision the charity has - to provide a space to talk about bereavement openly. Paris is currently working as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in the NHS.

    Likes: Animals, running, a cup of tea

    Dislikes: Doing the ironing, being tickled, liquorice

  • Dr Emily Shaw
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Emily Shaw
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Emily became inspired by the passion of her peers working at The Loss Foundation, so she decided to join them in their support to those going through bereavement. Emily works as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the field of adult mental health. She also fosters cats.

    Likes: Animals, trees, autumn

    Dislikes: Cruelty, injections, forgetting things

  • Sarah O'Reilly
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Sarah O'Reilly
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Sarah joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in 2017. She works in community mental health, having recently changed careers from communications.

    Likes: Agony aunt columns, pretzels, Hampstead Heath 

    Dislikes: Getting up early, Haribo, housework

  • Emma Carr
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Emma Carr
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Emma joined The Loss Foundation in September 2015 and has been honoured to join such a welcoming and dedicated team. She currently works as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS, working with individuals who experience complex depression, anxiety and trauma. From this she has learned how powerful support groups can be in providing a safe space to share experiences without the worry of judgment, and has witnessed how they can foster hope and empowerment. She is excited to contribute to the ongoing development of this compassionate charity.

    Likes: Rugby, running, red velvet cake

    Dislikes: Flying, daddy long legs, scary movies

  • Paul Davies
    Volunteer Supervisor
    Paul Davies
    Volunteer Supervisor

    Paul has been volunteering with The Loss Foundation for several years. He has a vast amount of experience working in mental health and the NHS. He takes a great interest in the well-being of others, using all of his skills and experience to help people as best he can.

    Likes: KFC, 1 day cricket, sleeping

    Dislikes: Early morning wake-ups, Brussels sprouts, being cold

  • Edward Levey
    Trustee
    Edward Levey
    Trustee

    Edward has been a barrister for almost 20 years specialising in commercial and regulatory law.  He joined The Loss Foundation as a trustee in 2018 with the aim of putting some of his knowledge and experience as a barrister to good use outside of a courtroom.  He’s a committed member of the team and even managed to persuade his 73 year old father to do a 100-mile bike ride around London in the pouring rain to raise much-need funds money for the charity.

    Likes: cycling, coffee and cake (the perfect combination)

    Dislikes: motorbikes, early starts, cold-callers

  • Dr Bethany Singh
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Bethany Singh
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Beth joined The Loss Foundation in 2014, and volunteers as a support group and event facilitator. She also contributes to the development of the charity by being in two of the charity's committees, the Show the Love and the Make it Happen committees. Beth also works in the NHS as a paediatric doctor.

    Likes:  Chocolate, optimism, netball

    Dislikes: Mice, tea with sugar, feeling tired

  • Dr Lizzie Woodward
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Lizzie Woodward
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Lizzie joined the team in 2014 shortly after meeting Kirsten Smith in Oxford and learning about The Loss Foundation and their inspirational work. She is a regular facilitator of both the Oxford community support groups and student support groups. Lizzie believes it is a privilege to work for such a great charity and is continuously humbled by the stories shared by group members, the support they offer one another, and the difference that sharing an experience can have with others who understand the experience of loss. Professionally Lizzie has worked in a range of mental health settings, and is currently finishing her doctorate, specialising in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Likes: Mountain hikes, spaghetti, the sea

    Dislikes: Wasps, peas, scratchy wool

  • Dr Kirsten Smith
    Trustee & Head of Research
    Dr Kirsten Smith
    Trustee & Head of Research

    Kirsten has been involved in The Loss Foundation since it's creation in Erin's living room over garlic bread and a cheeseboard. She is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford where she is responsible for running The Oxford Grief Study, a large scale investigation of the psychological processes involved in adaptation after loss. 

    Likes: Ottolenghi, antipodean baristas, brainstorming

    Dislikes: Cycling, Oxford winters, when cashiers put the change on top of the notes

  • Tristan Neaves
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- he/him/his
    Tristan Neaves
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- he/him/his
    Tristan joined The Loss Foundation in 2017 as a group facilitator. He completed a psychology conversion MSc in 2016, having previously studied law at undergrad. He is currently doing his clinical psychology training in Hertfordshire. Previously he volunteered at Mind as a support worker and at the University of Hertfordshire as a research assistant, studying the role of rationality in delusions.
     
    Likes: Mountains, curry, running
     
    Dislikes: Lateness, the district line, coriander 

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