Louise Bates

“You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Grief is a sensitive subject which makes it challenging for writers to describe in a way that feels both real and honest. Louise has shown her vulnerability and documented her experience in a very brave and open hearted way.

Louise has been working as a complementary therapist since 1999 and she has a busy private practice. She is a reiki master and qualified in many other healing modalities including reflexology, aromatherapy, Indian head massage, mindfulness, EFT, NLP and much more. 

Louise practised meditation when her children were young, and this helped her to relax and connect to a deeper peace. It was during this time that Louise believes she had a mystical / spiritual experience. While practising an attitude of gratitude, which she had discovered through a meditation course, she connected to an energy which she instantly recognised. Louise describes this energy as oneness or infinite consciousness. She intuitively knew she had been born from this energy and she knew she would return to it when she was done with her physical body. This energy cultivated Louise’s belief that we are all infinite beings and there is no death; but having this experience did not protect her from the grief she encountered when her son Matthew passed away. The human experience of grief cannot be side tracked, it has to be felt.

Louise has a passion for helping other people and works with clients throughout the world using skype. Louise loves to integrate the most effective elements of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), spiritual understanding, science and the mind’s great ability to transform itself into her work. When Matthew died, Louise became her own therapist and she utilised many of these techniques to help herself.

The loss of a child is unimaginable, but Louise managed to turn this heart-breaking experience into something positive. By sharing her letters, insights, thoughts and feelings with the world she is not only keeping Matthews memory alive but also giving hope to other people that life can meaningful again after the death of a loved one.

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