John Merrick is a social worker by trade, having graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1983. John has worked in the public and private sectors and has taught crisis counselling around the country which included how to cope with bereavement, suicide, disaster response and how to debrief those who are affected by crises. During his time at the Coroner’s Court in Glebe, John learnt much about bereavement and how to help those going through this difficult time. He also learnt many life lessons that he has been able to share with others in both his professional and private life. Currently, John is working as a counsellor in a large company in Sydney.