AtaLoss.org is a gathering of people with a passion for encouraging good bereavement support. Apart from the occasional contractor role we are volunteers, giving our time to enable and enhance the vision.
Do get in touch if you would like someone to come and speak about or lead training on bereavement support.
Yvonne Richmond Tulloch MA
In 2008 my life changed when I was suddenly widowed. In my own bereavement, I realised what a challenge it can be to find appropriate support. With no single place to go, it was hard work and at a time when I was exhausted with grief and worry. I became passionate about supporting the bereaved and promoting bereavement care which led me to establish AtaLoss.org in 2016. The aim of the charity is to enable anyone, whatever their loss, wherever they live or whatever their age to find support easily when they need it. Since we established the charity, I have been invited to speak at many conferences, provide training, run bereavement awareness courses and work with other bereavement charities eager to tackle the challenge of supporting bereaved people. AtaLoss.org provides support to anyone and everyone in the UK and we are keen to ensure they know they can come to our website to find that support.
I am fortunate to have been an ordained minister since 1999 which has given me an additional perspective on the issues of bereavement and the needs of bereaved people. I have ministered in a variety of contexts (rural, towns and even as Canon of a Cathedral) and I've spoken at conferences and trained church leaders in mission. I have also been invited to lead HTB's 'The Bereavement Journey' course, as well as help Care For the Family as their Chaplain for their 'Widowed Young Support'. I'm the Bishop of Southwark's Officer for Clergy Bereavement, and, recognising that most communities around the UK have a church at their heart, I work with churches and other organisations to enhance their bereavement support to their local community and audiences.
Jane Woodward MBA, MCMI
I have worked in the public sector, run my own business and also worked extensively with the charity and ecclesiastical sector. I specialise in governance and management, and I'm passionate about good organisation. AtaLoss.org is doing a vital job and I'm delighted to be part of the team taking it forward.
Pete English MBACP
I have a passion for seeing young people get the support that they need and to find a voice to talk about their experiences. I’ve worked as a youth worker and counsellor for over 25 years specialising in supporting young people affected by bereavement and parental separation. I regularly work with teachers, youth workers, and other professionals that provide support to children and young people. I have had the privilege of speaking on this subject in the UK and other parts of the world and been involved in helping to set up charities that work with the bereaved.
Marketing professional and former chair of WAY, I was widowed young with two small children. I'm passionate about getting bereavement onto the political agenda.
Roger Womack BSc.
Following the death of my wife in 2014, after her 7 year struggle with cancer, I searched for other men to talk with who had had a similar experience, to help me make sense of what I’d been through. I contacted a number of organisations but found that few men engaged with them, presumably because they thought they could brave it alone. When I did eventually find other men who had faced the loss of someone close, the sharing of our experience was a significant factor in me moving forward.
Not every man who is faced with bereavement looks for other bereaved men to be with but I have realised how spending time with others in a similar position can be a healing and positive thing. I am passionate therefore, about creating opportunities where bereaved men of any age can connect with each other, however long ago their loss might be.
I am therefore developing Bereavement Support for Men, offering phone support and national and local gatherings for men who have experienced loss.
Please visit our projects page if you would like to know more.
Phil Kemp BEd
After the sudden and unexpected death of my fiancee in 2013, when I was only 27, I forced myself to try new challenges and meet new people, which restored my inner strength and hope. I founded GrabLife - activity support weekends and peer support through AtaLoss.org for 18-30 year olds who, like me, have also been bereaved - and am continuing to support its on-going development with the new team.