LINDA MAGISTRIS - CEO/FOUNDER
I first met my partner Graham when I was in the original cast of the BBC Series, Grange Hill and he was one of our Directors and we met again 30 years later, purely by accident.
I had been running a varied portfolio of businesses over the years since we first worked together, from a Wedding Consultancy to Vintage Tea Rooms, and Graham had been working in TV and Film. We spent the following 8 years together until he was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue sarcoma, an agressive form of cancer, and he died five and half months later.
The 3 years since his death have been enlightening and a real journey of discovery, waking up to the reality of life and death, and realising the urgent need to join the dots across the country, to bring us altogether to share our stories and to try to make things a little better for all of us who lose someone we love. I am passionate about trying to ensure no-one falls through the net, and have dedicated the past year, to setting up this charity and I am very proud of everything we have achieved in such a short space of time.
RUPERT MARKS - TRUSTEE
I have been a widowed Dad of 3 young children since my wife died nearly 4 years ago from stomach cancer. The shock and distress of losing my partner was matched only by the struggle to navigate the headwinds of bereavement. It became clear that whilst there was a lot of wonderful help out there, it was fragmented, disjointed and in some cases very hard to find.
This is why I’m delighted to be a trustee of The Good Grief Trust as we strive in our aim to bring all the services for those who have lost a loved on under one umbrella organisation. I know this would have helped me greatly and I hope it will now help others in their hours of need.
JAN SOULSBY SECRETARY - TRUSTEE
My life was ticking along as normal; work, three teenagers, husband, mortgage - just like everyone else. Then on Mother's Day 2015 my husband suffered a massive heart attack at home and died on the floor in front of me.
I performed CPR and mouth to mouth trying to keep him alive until the paramedics arrived who were exceptional - we were rushed to the hospital but nothing could be done. The time between hearing him fall and returning home was about three hours and I returned home with nothing other than a green plastic bag of his belongings; a list of funeral directors; and an explanation of how I register a death - and our lives were shattered.
I was stunned by the fact that no-one was there to help me and that needs to change. This is why I am delighted to be supporting the work of The Good Grief Trust as Trustee.
KIMBERLEY GAICON - TRUSTEE
Kimberley works within the media industry leading digital content at BBC Worldwide and before that Yahoo.
Her interest in working with the bereaved stemmed from personal experience losing her father at a young age, her first husband to a motorcycle accident and her beloved uncle days before the birth of her child.
Outside of work, Kimberley has developed a mentoring program for other bereaved people to find positivity in their lives.