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Joe

Joe is our resident blogger and we love his creativity and energy! You can check out his first blog, 4 Things Adults Don’t Get When Dealing With The Loss of a Loved One but if you want to find out more about Joe, read on…

How are you involved in Apart of Me?

I’m currently involved in Apart of Me as a contributor to the blog and I guess with all things writing. I work as a freelance writer and am currently studying a master’s degree, so often my words go toward either selling a random company’s software or get filed away in a university database. It will be great to put them toward furthering such a worthy cause.

Is there someone or something that you love that isn’t here anymore?

My grandad, although it’s now been nearly a decade since he left. The reason I wanted to be involved with Apart of Me is that my parents both work in palliative care, and so they’ve seen first hand how much losing someone can impact people’s lives. It’s also something too few people are talking about, and as it will undoubtedly touch us all in some way or another, I think it shouldn’t be left until it’s too late to start the conversation.

What is always guaranteed to make you laugh?

People getting mad and being serious about little insignificant things, including myself. My sister recently told me how she took the family puppy to my dad’s house, where he lives with his partner who doesn’t like dogs. It went wild, running like crazy through the house and jumping up on everyone and everything. I can see the disapproving faces now. It sounded hilarious. It’s like being tickled, something that’s seemingly threatening turns out to be completely innocuous.

List some silly facts about you

My toes are like jigsaw pieces. I couldn’t stand writing at school, now I do it for a living. I feel more at home in a country where people speak a different language. I like to work at home so I can dance, sing, and often squeal while I write or more like failing to. For a long time as a child, I used to refuse to eat anything other than bowls of peas!

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve been given?

I tend to find the best advice and wisdom often comes indirectly and when you’re least expecting it. So for that, I think the best advice I’ve ever been given is always to expect the unexpected. If you don’t, you only ever find what you expect.

Thanks, Joe and a very warm welcome to Apart of Me!