Introducing the Bereavement Team: Sharon

Next up from the bereavement team to introduce themselves is Sharon. Sharon works in our Nottingham Office.

My name is Sharon.

I started working as a suicide bereavement support worker for The Tomorrow Project at Harmless in November 2021. My role not only offers essential emotional and practical support for individuals impacted by suicide, but also provides me with the opportunity to continue my personal development and growth.

Married for 30 years, my life changed irrevocably when my husband died in 2017. His death led me to bereavement counselling, a challenging, amazing, experience. Fascinated and inspired by my own process, I began to train as a counsellor so I could help others. I am currently finishing a BSc course in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham, working hard on my dissertation, which, I am happy to say, is almost finished. My husband was an academic, earning a PhD in Archaeology. He encouraged me to do a degree, but I didn’t think I was academically minded. To my surprise, I’m actually doing really well and my training has led me to a role I love here at The Tomorrow Project. I also work as a volunteer counsellor at a bereavement service in Derbyshire. Bereavement work is my passion, and I feel incredibly lucky that I have been able to change the worst chapter of my life into such a positive and rewarding experience.

My colleagues are a joy, and I am learning so much from all of them. They welcomed and supported me from the start and I feel very much part of the Harmless family. The work we all do is invaluable, as are we all.