Alison previously lived in London, initially working as a professional hairdresser before changing career to work as a PA in an investment bank. She left the City after having her first son (who is now 11) which brought along a change in career. She is now a certified stillbirth bereavement doula and mBIT coach as well as an Angelic Reiki and Rahanni healing practitioner and author of Over the Rainbow Journal which is a self-help journal for anyone going through the loss of a baby.
Besides the self-help journal, She has also devised a 10 week grief to growth program which uses a combination of all the bereavement, coaching and spiritual training techniques she has learnt and incorporated after her loss of her two children.
1) What is your name and where do you live?
Alison Cooper, Farnham UK
2) What is your favourite soulventure?
I have been fortunate in having many soulventures so choosing one is difficult. I’ve recently returned from a retreat in Spain which was amazeballs and next week I’m off to Rome for a few days. I enjoy getting out in nature with my kids and exploring the world. After experiencing loss and making life changing decisions to ensure I am happy. I see life as one big soulventure and I’m loving it!
3) What’s something that no-one would guess about you?
I’m an introvert and get nervous around big groups of people
4) What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Quite simply, less time on social media!
5) If you could be doing anything, anywhere, right now, what would it be?
I’d be on an soulventure somewhere hot and interesting with my sons and boyfriend
6) Of what are you most proud?
I am most proud of how far I have come. The journey it took to have my child was difficult, but when my first son arrived 11 years ago, my life changed beyond recognition. My children went through a lot of changes when their dad and I divorced, we moved areas and they changed schools, but they are thriving and make me proud every day. The Over the Rainbow Journal, and subsequent work with parents suffering a loss of their child, took a long time to write and publish. As with anything there were bumps along the way, but I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it because it is supporting parents going through the worst time of their lives, a child dying.
7) Who do you most admire and why?
Single mums are rockstars because we have a lot of stuff going on!
8) Best kiss of your life?
Wow well that is tricky and could get me into trouble so I’m going to go with kissing a dolphin!
9) What is a new skill you’d like to learn (and why?)
I’d love to learn to swim. I never really learnt properly, and I’d like to be able to swim with dolphins one day.
10) Woods, mountain, city or sea?
I love the diversity of them all depending on what’s going on in my life so that’s a tough question for me to narrow down. If I had to choose, today it would be the sea but you might get a different answer from me tomorrow.
11) If you could say one thing to lots of people, what would it be?
I don’t believe we die because many of us can still connect to our loved ones in spirit and there is much evidence around supporting this belief.
12) What makes you happy?
I do – because I believe we are in charge of our own happiness!
13) What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Having the odd afternoon nap