A decade ago I stumbled across a group of people in our community whose loss was not understood by the wider community. The loss of a missing person.
10 years later after managing the NSW service for families of missing people, writing a book for the Australian Federal Police and then overseeing the Victims of Crime Bureau for NSW Government Im now in the final stages of my PhD exploring the space between hopefulness and hopelessness.
I have been invited to speak at the International Conference on Grief and Bereavement, the Australian Homicide and Missing Persons Conferences and most recently as a speaker at the First International Conference on Missing People in the UK and the Australian Conference on Grief and Bereavement.
In stepping back and exploring what this career has taught me I noticed that there were spaces of hope and hopefulness that we all exist within us when life presents us with challenges.
In speaking as a keynote, running a seminar or presenting at conferences I share with the audience:
– How working alongside families experiencing the very worst in life has enhanced my capacity to be resilient, to practice gratitude and to remain in the moment.
– How hope can transform the way we live our lives – not just in trauma but in managing life on a daily basis.
– That to continually focus on fixing the challenges we are presented with detracts from the opportunities for growth. A message not just for living with grief but about surrendering to the ambiguity of life both at work and at home.