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Founder Carly's story

Loss touches all of us at some point in our lives and it has certainly impacted on me at different points too. My early experiences of grief and loss were after a trauma I experienced at 15 and the subsequent years that I felt lost and really struggled with my mental health. We are much more aware these days of mental health, trauma and its impact and it took me a long time to find myself again. I started The Loss Project whilst doing an MA in Social Entrepreneurship. I was reflecting on my personal and professional experiences and I realised that there was a golden thread of helping others work through the losses that come their way in life. I have spent so many years being unkind to myself, my body, and engaging in unhealthy behaviours because I didn’t know how to get myself out of it. I don’t want anybody to feel that lost. We all have the opportunity to live our own individual pathway with love, joy, beauty and hope; despite the challenges we may face. 

I’ve also spent many years working in health and social care leading a variety of volunteering and community projects to scale, including a number of years in the hospice sector where I witnessed first hand the power that comes from better acknowledging and processing death, grief and loss. I believe that whilst we must tend to the painful times, we also need to appreciate and discover joy and hope too. This was true after my friend Ellie died in 2019 and I decided to take the plunge to focus on The Loss Project and go freelance. If the time wasn’t now, when would it be?!

Over the years I have found solace in creative pursuits, trying to reconnect with my body (I’ve done it all and boxing has been the only consistent thing that has brought me into a healthy relationship with my body and mind!) and reconnecting with what’s important. Boxing, coaching, journaling and meditation have all been tools that have helped me along the way with a sprinkle of playfulness and creativity. I bring this curiosity of layering different things to help us to unlock when we’re stuck and to be able to enjoy and live life to the full. The Loss Project is a culmination of all of these things and more as we hope to explore, process and connect people around grief and loss in all its forms together. I’d love for you to join us.

Go gently,


Founder & CEO The Loss Project

Why The Loss Project?: Who We Are
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