Trainer Team


Trainer Team



Hermione Elliott

Hermione has a background in nursing, midwifery, counselling, palliative care and training and is the founder of Living Well, Dying Well. She has worked internationally and lived in Japan for four years, where her book Gan No Serufu Hiringu, a self-help guide for people with cancer, was published. She is passionate about care of the whole person – physical, emotional and spiritual – and about upholding dignity and self-determination at every stage of life.  She pioneered the End of Life Training in the UK.


Anna Ledgard

Anna is an independent educationalist, producer and professional development leader. Having started out as a secondary school teacher she has 30 years experience as a producer of creative arts collaborative projects in schools and NHS hospitals, most recently in intensive care or end of life settings.  Anna trained  with LWDW as a EOL doula in 2010 and now teaches on the LWDW courses. See

Ninon van der Kroft

Ninon van der Kroft

Ninon is an End of Life Doula and death educationist. Trained as a social worker with over 30 years' experience, she worked at St Christopher's Hospice in London, assisting patients and loved ones. She works in the community as a companion to the dying, breathing life into conversations about death, empowering people to explore their fears and beliefs. Ninon is an experienced facilitator, teaching nationally and internationally about how we navigate intimacy at end of life.


Awi Frances

Awi has a background in teaching, Forest School Leading and Training. Other life experiences as a carer, massage therapist and doing psychotherapy training have contributed to her understanding and holding of people and their families at end of life.  She trained as an EOL Doula with LWDW in 2014 and is now an EOL Doula in Totnes in Devon, also developing Death and Dying community events. She sings with a Threshold Choir.


Katrina Taee

Katrina has a background in nursing.  Later in life, she trained as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor and became a volunteer counsellor at Thames Hospice alongside running a private practice for 17 years.  She has always been particularly interested in grief and end of life work.  She is the author of Surviving The Tsunami of Grief, her first book.

Deborah Kelly

Dr Deborah Kelly

Deborah is an Arts Psychotherapist and teacher. She has worked in palliative and end of life care as a nurse, shiatsu practitioner and psychotherapist for the past 20 years. She established and facilitates two palliative care projects, working with nature, myth and the rhythm of the seasons and believes passionately that death and dying are part of our communal lives. She is also a professional celebrant.

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