I have been living in Mallorca since 1992 and am an integrated member in both the local community as well as a familiar face amongst the British residing here. In 2010 I began visiting patients on the palliative ward at the Joan March Hospital as part of an island based volunteer association, DIME. This organisation serves all the palliative care needs on the island and has some 55 volunteers registered.
I had already been officiating weddings since 2011, however I felt the need to work more in end of life care and so funeral celebrant work seemed a natural progression. To that end I trained with the UK based training association, Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, in 2015 and have offered Celebration of Life ceremonies in both English and Spanish since.
At the same time, I discovered the global movement of the Death Café and since then have developed the Mallorca Death Café network which comprises groups all over the island and maintains ties with groups in Ibiza, Menorca and the mainland of Spain.
In 2020 during the COVID lockdown and thanks to the death café network in Spain, we were able to focus death cafés for various communities such as health care professionals and youth.
I am the founder of a week long, annual festival “Giving Life to Death” which was born out of the lockdown and had its first edition in November 2020.
I began my training with Living Well Dying Well in 2019 and completed my diploma in 2023. I am currently training to deliver the foundation course with LWDW as my dream is to see end of life doulas in Spain one day.
I offer comfort to many in my community on practical, emotional and spiritual matters. I advise on funeral costs and what’s needed in Mallorca upon death. I am able to inform on the types of ceremonies one may require as well as prepare and officiate an alternative celebration of life service. I also offer a spiritual alternative to last rites should anyone require.
I am an advocate of the Balearic “Living Will” document and am running workshops inviting the British community to consider leaving their affairs in order and informing them as to their options in Spain.