Emma Edwards, Originator
I’m Emma and I am the originator of Not Being Morbid. The idea is a culmination of my own journey through bereavement and death acceptance. I live in Bristol and work as a solution-focused psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, and I am particularly interested in working with clients with death anxiety. I am also training to become an end-of-life doula;, and through my previous work have trained in working with those with life-limiting and long-term illness. As well as personal experiences of death, I have always had a fascination with the history of death rituals and a love of art and culture inspired by the topic of death. Far from being morbid, I love how the subject of death brings a vividness to life.
I am also the facilitator of Death Cafe Bristol, something I am very enthusiastic about. You can learn more about Death Cafes at www.deathcafe.com or go to our events page to see when the next ones is being held. If you want to learn more or want to be on the mailing list for Not Being Morbid or Death Cafe Bristol, then please get in touch.
I’m Philippa and I’m part of the Not Being Morbid collective, organising events and writing for the blog. I’ve got to know death a bit more personally through the death of my mother from Motor Neurone Disease, and I’ve felt inspired to spend a year away from my job writing and talking about living and dying and creating spaces for other people to do so. It’s such an important part of life but we give very little space to it! Watch out for an art exhibition about how nature informs our lives and deaths and a series of events – including talks, workshops and films – coming to Bristol in Autumn 2015.
My ‘normal’ job is at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, bringing together researchers that care about global environmental issues and creating partnerships with people and organisations outside the University. I’m passionate about connecting people in useful ways.
I’m Anni, a medical photographer and member of the Institute of Medical Illustrators. I work in the Medical Illustration department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, creating photographs that may be utilized for patient care, teaching purposes and medico-legal aids. Whether I’m photographing in the studio, clinic, operating theatres or mortuary I am acutely aware of the fragility of life, but also of the extraordinary strength demonstrated by so many of my patients and their families. Part of a medical photographer’s role is to create bereavement photography; these consist of posthumous portraits, often of stillborn babies. This rather Victorian tradition creates photographs that can be of immense value to the parents and next of kin during the grieving process, providing the families with a tangible, lasting memory of their child.
I am an avid believer in the importance of discussing issues of mortality and raising awareness of death acceptance. When I’m not behind the camera I enjoy reading about all things macabre and practicing taxidermy.
I’m Amy Hurst, mama of three boys from Bristol, and Not Being Morbid member. After losing our first son Archie in 2010, I knew that death was a topic we were going to have to become used to talking about in an honest and open way. Having three-year-old Arthur and his baby brother Osian means questions about death are inevitable; whether in relation to their brother, something they hear on TV or simply coming across a dead insect in the garden. I’m keen to think ahead about how to deal with death as an issue for our family and work with other parents as part of this. Currently on maternity leave from work, I am filling my days looking after my sons alongside volunteering at Bristol Sling Library and training to become an Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Mother Supporter, as well as getting involved with Not Being Morbid events with Emma.
I’m Kieron and I help Emma manage the digital aspects of Not Being Morbid, like the website and the newsletter. I’m a proponent of death acceptance and I’ve been interested in the art, beliefs, culture and understanding of death since I was a child, so I’m excited to be involved in Not Being Morbid and Death Cafe Bristol.