Why Play Therapy Isn't Always Fun

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Seyderhelm

When a child enters the Play Therapy room for the first time, they can choose to play with any of the toys: puppets, sand tray, musical instruments, dressing up clothes, paints, crayons, clay. In non-directive play, the therapist respects the child's choice, and plays along with them, to build up rapport, trust, and attachment.

Dear Mum, It's Been A Year Since You Died

Naomi Barrow | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The world is a little darker without you in it. A little duller. Your laugh no longer bounces off the walls of the house. Your arms no longer gather me into a hug when I walk through the door. Your smile doesn't greet me as I come up the drive.

Livestreaming Funerals Isn't Weird - It's A Vital Service For The Bereaved

Jessica Hanson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Jessica Hanson

Of course, every leap of progress should be accompanied by a little caution, but sometimes it feels as though we're far too willing to miss out on incredible improvements to our lives because we do not want to leave our comfort zone.

How Do You Celebrate A Dead Person's Birthday?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

24th September, Mum's 54th birthday (or do you stop counting when someone dies?) passed, just as every other day has. People often say that they hope their loved ones are celebrating wherever they are but I'm not sure I believe in heaven, or an afterlife. I'm not sure I believe that Mum is alive in another world, space or time. I think she's probably just dead. But her spirit and everything she's taught us will live on in us.

Life, The Universe And Everything: Five Things I Learnt At A Death Cafe

Jessica Hanson | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

I was open minded, but couldn't help but feel that the whole experience would be incredibly awkward. Thankfully, Aly and her co-host, Gina Awad of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, made it relaxed, friendly and thought-provoking. Here are just a few things I learnt in my two hours discussing all things death, dying and bereavement.

Autism Life Skills

James Christie | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK
James Christie

Adult Life Skills hit the cinematic trail recently. Starring Jodie Whittaker, it's about a young woman who can't cope with a bereavement and retreats...

Surviving the Loss of a Child

Jennifer Reid | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Parents
Jennifer Reid

thriving families.jpg The pain of losing Eddie will always be with us. I don't believe grief every goes away, it just changes shape over time. We will always work tirelessly on Teddy's Wish to keep our promise to Eddie. He may not be here but he is here in spirit and I will always be a parent to both of my boys..

Who Would You Like to Be There When You Die?

Karin Sieger | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Currently, the three people I would like to reach out to, say goodbye to and make peace with before I die, they have gone before me. They are dead. No more explanations. But I am taking their memories with me into every new day. I am trying to avoid repeats by speaking the truth and asking for the truth, even if I do not get an answer, even if the answer hurts.

I Wish the Doctors Had Told Us He Was Going to Die

Alexandra Massey | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

It's only in hindsight I can see that Pete, my husband, wasn't going to survive. Whether it was alternative treatments or getting him to the right doctor or hospital, I was 'running on empty' frantically trying to find ways of helping him stay alive.

In Praise of Fear

Anna Beecher | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anna Beecher

If anyone asks this August how my play about fearlessness is going, I happily tell them I'm terrified.

I've Lost My Anchor

Naomi Barrow | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I'm floating around. Bouncing backwards and forwards like a ball stuck in a pinball machine. I feel like I'm flying away and losing control and there is nobody to catch me and bring me back. I try to communicate things, but my words get stuck and lost and float away, unheard.

I Lost My Dad to Suicide a Year Ago, Here's What Happened in 12 Months

Adrienne Titley | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

I never thought I would lose my dad at a young age, let alone to suicide. To anyone reading this who may be going through the same grief, you're not alone. Don't let anyone tell you that grief has a time frame... it absolutely does not. Take all the time you need. It's ok to be selfish.

Here's to Those of Us Who Aren't Graduating This Week

Naomi Barrow | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Here's to those of us whose lives got blown off course. Those who are continuing to get up and face the world every single day, despite seeing how far life will go to try and make sure we can't. Who are in new jobs, making new friends, creating a different life from the one we had always planned.

I Don't Want to Become 'Hardened', I Just Want to be Me.

Naomi Barrow | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Lots of things have happened in the news this week. Lots of things have happened in other people's lives this week. There is a lot of stress, upset and anger in the air. Facebook is a melting pot of unkind exchanges, arguments, and blame. It's not a nice environment to be in and I find myself shrinking away from it and burying myself in other things.

After the Funeral, When Everyone has Gone Home

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

If you want to help Brendan Cox, or any bereaved friend, remember that the pain goes on for them. And on, and on, and on. You can help. Just be there. Take them out, let them cry, realise that they are a newborn trying to find out who they are going to become now that the world has ended. They will remember your kindness (or your stupidity) forever.

How Do You Explain to Your Children Their Father Has Died?

Tracy Ogali | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Parents
Tracy Ogali

How do you tell your 10-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter that their father has died? Is there a specific way? How can you make it sound right or even believable? It had happened suddenly. It was 15th July 2010 a warm summer's evening...

Dad: Picking Up Where We Left Off?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Working out how we all relate to each other as a family is just one more difficulty in the mountain of change that occurs when someone dies. I know that we will get there and I'm really glad we're close enough to work through these things together.

Why We Need National Pet Remembrance Day

Marie Carter | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marie Carter

The death of a beloved companion animal can leave a massive hole in a family's life. But, unlike the death of a human family member, the death of a precious pet can leave a caring and devoted animal lover in emotional turmoil for other reasons, aside from the very real sense of grief experienced.

What to Do When Your Friend's Child Dies

Samir Dawlatly | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samir Dawlatly

Deprived of the time, due to family and work commitments as well as logistics, to be of practical help to Chris and Jane, Charlotte's mum and dad, we struggled to think of what we could do to support them and their wider families. In the end we decided to do what came naturally; be creative, bossy and try to organise people.

Sadness. Relief. Guilt. Repeat. Losing My Father

Nick King | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nick King

We saw my Dad every day. He came to dinner with us each Sunday. If we were away we phoned daily. He spent Christmas with us. Came to birthday teas. Attended school plays. He engaged with our family. Laughed at the children's antics. Enjoyed our successes, commiserated when we failed.

Silence is Noisy

Naomi Barrow | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Time is moving forward, life is changing, and good things are happening. None of it makes the absence disappear, and sometimes it makes the absence even more noticeable, but it's also essential. My life can't remain in 2015, it can't get stuck in a time when Mum was still alive - it's got to carry on, and that means that I've got to keep on doing what I can to live in the present.

Woman Denied Bereavement Payout Because She Wasn't Married To Partner Of 16 Years

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK

A woman is taking the Government to court for breaching her human rights after being denied bereavement damages when her partner died - because they w...


Jess Neal | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Neal

So why am I passionate about contributing to mental health awareness? It would not be my first choice to talk so openly about my story if I am honest with you, but I feel since I lost my dad to suicide three years ago, I have learnt so much about the crippling disease that is depression that I have to pass on what I have learnt....

Eighteen Months On...

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sangeeta Mahajan

One sunny autumn afternoon 18 months ago, two policemen showed up at my doorstep to tell me that my son's body had been found nearby. Apparently Saagar had ended his own life. They handed me his belongings but I was convinced they had made a mistake. This was not within the realm of possibilities. He is a handsome talented young man of 20 with a fabulous education and everything to live for. How could this be? He had a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder but the doctors had me believe that he was getting better. No one ever mentioned the word 'suicide' to me.

This Is What Happens Inside London's Death Cafe

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

"I was in shock. I was numb with shock," Josefine Speyer tells The Huffington Post UK. In 2001, the psychotherapist lost her mother within three month...