#Bereavement

Milestones and Tributes; Missing Loved Ones This Christmas

Rachael Chadwick | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Chadwick

When you lose someone, you often find yourself in a cliché firing line as, 'It was their time to go', 'Time is a healer' and 'Everything will be okay' are shot at you. Of course, people are trying to help as best they can (which is appreciated immensely), but it is so difficult to digest anything positive when things are painfully raw and you are suffocating in grief.

Being There for People Who Have Been Bereaved

Joe Levenson | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Joe Levenson

One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, which contributed to a major shift in cultural attitudes and practices relating to death and mourning, with discussing dying increasingly becoming a taboo, many British people remain deeply uneasy talking about bereavement.

I'm Letting the Boys Down

Jeff Brazier | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Keeping the many facets of our lives going is a great and progressively more common achievement that we have little choice but to challenge ourselves with. However, if you are not paying attention to the areas of your life that matter the most then in the end the success is found to be hollow because we dropped the ball that matters the most...

Finding Dignity in Bereavement

Jane Sarluis | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Sarluis

Instinct and received wisdom tell us to lose a child is the worst bereavement a person can suffer. To watch life ebb from our own precious creation, a life we assumed would endure beyond our own demise, is a cruel disruption to natural order. To the uninitiated, it seems incomprehensible that such a loss would not result in the total collapse of our world around us.

Leaning Towards Kindness

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

This year I plan to honour the memory of my lost loved ones by dedicating the whole month of December to kindness. In fact, from this point on, Christmas may even be known as 'Kindmas' in our house.

How Are You? Relatives and Friends Affected by Cancer

Karin Sieger | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, relatives and friends are often the forgotten ones. Yet, they are also affected by the disease, may require help to cope, but may themselves think that they are not as deserving and important as the person with cancer

A Year On: Reflections on 12 Months of Grieving for My Father

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

It's hard to imagine that a year has passed since my father passed away to cancer. It still feels like yesterday. I can still hear his voice and I can feel his warmth. But the reality is that it is now a whole full year since that fateful day.

Please Don't Tell Me I'm 'Lucky' My Parents Are Already Dead

Emma Clarke | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Clarke

Although it seems a lifetime ago, it feels like yesterday. Time doesn't heal; it just makes grief go out of focus. And anything can bring it sharply back again: a photograph, a scent, a memory or just the endless yearning pall of homesickness so familiar to people who've lost their parents too early.

Holding the Line - Time You Don't Get Back

Sue Dewey | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Dewey

I have a friend who often speaks about the 'time he won't get back', I used to laugh at his homilies but the last few months have made me far less sanguine about the whole wasted time thing.

How To Cope With Loss

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The past couple of weeks have seen tragic stories dominating news headlines. With almost 300 people dying when the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet...

Memories of My Mother

Caroline Keetch | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

Thirteen years ago today my mum died. It all feels like a lifetime ago, and actually I can't really remember what life looked and felt like with her in it. I wish I had been given the chance to get to know her, to appreciate her and, of course, I would do anything to thank her for all the things I can now see she did for me and my sister, and all the little ways in which she showed us that she loved us.

Embracing Unexpected Moments of Happiness in Grief

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Soon after my wife was killed in November 2012 I decided to start a blog. Through it I would create a record of raw and live grief as it happened, as well as documenting my attempts at somehow rebuilding my life after the shock of becoming a widower at just 33.

Ten Things About Life I'd Want to Tell My Kids Today If I Knew I Was Going to Die Tomorrow

Amanda Alexander | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Alexander

Despite our best intentions, we soon forget about the fragility and preciousness of life and carry on as we always have done, sweating the small stuff! However, one very practical thing we can do, even when we fail to live up to our intentions to "make each moment count" is share with our children the values we hold dearest.

The Steely Bitch Called Loss

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

Grieving is the bodies way of letting go. Trust your body, it has millions of years of knowing what to do when it comes to loss. Our natural response is to be strong, keep going, to not look back, stiff upper lip and all that. But doing that only stuffs down the feelings and they will eventually come up somewhere or somehow like depression, anger, drinking and drugs.

How to Cope With Difficult Emotions on Mother's Day

Karin Sieger | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Some say that the antidote to those very understandable and human difficulties is the willingness to love, forgive and to let go of the past. All too easily can we get stuck in the past, concede control and power of our lives to what has or could have been. With that frame of mind, perspective on life, and heavy heart it is difficult to move on.

Heart Attack And Stroke Risk Can Double After Loss Of A Loved One

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Losing a loved one is heartbreaking in any case. Little did we know however, is that bereavement can lead to serious cardiovascular issues. Grief d...

The Things No One Tells You About Losing a Loved One

Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau

My best friend, my ex-boyfriend of 5 years, passed away suddenly. I was stunned. And the experience of the two days leading up to the funeral made it all so much worse.

Flailing and Floundering

Charles Donovan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Donovan

I keep collapsing into a ball of tears, mourning my father's departure (as far as euphemisms for death go, that one is bearable, don't you think?) back in September. It was followed swiftly by that of a close friend, Kate, an accomplished artist whose personal kindnesses to me had, over the years, become impossible to keep count of.

What To Say And Not To Say To Someone Going Through A Crappy Time

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Despite most of us having family and friends that we love, some of them - even with the best intentions - say some pretty stupid things when trying to...

The Untimely Death of BBC World's Komla Dumor

Karin Sieger | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
Karin Sieger

I did not know Komla Dumor personally. But I remember hearing his baritone voice for the first time on the BBC World Service, full of self-confidence, energy, intelligence, passion and personality that suggested a rising career path.

More Must be Done to Support Bereaved People

Joe Levenson | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Joe Levenson

Every minute someone in Britain dies, and almost half of us report having been bereaved in the last five years. Yet society's response, often falls short - making it even harder for people to come to terms with the loss of someone close to them.

Raise a Glass to Absent Friends and Family This Christmas

Jody Thompson | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK
Jody Thompson

When I was just eight years old, Christmas Day came to have a different, bittersweet meaning for me, compared to most lucky souls. Because when I was meant to be celebrating my eighth birthday (yes, I was born on 25 December), my Uncle Eddie, who lived next door, and to whom I was extraordinarily close, passed away in the early hours of that morning.

Will Your Pet Get a Christmas Stocking?

Karin Sieger | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

A recent survey by the RSPCA (1) has revealed that 55% of pets will get one. According to the figures we spend £300m on our pets at Christmas. Almost all pet owners surveyed will buy a present for their animal chum, with just over half saying they will spend up to £10.

It's Just a Date Isn't It?

Mark Oborn | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Oborn

Last night I admit to having bit of a melt down. I've been chatting with a great guy on Facebook that has also recently lost his wife and he posted a comment about the number of years that they had been together, and he started counting those years from the moment they first kissed.

The Lies We Tell at Christmas (and the Hefty Price I Must Now Pay)

Judith Lewis | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

At the point at which he agreed I had to make good on the lie I had just told and actually find a Christmas dinner hamper. I looked around, asked friends and perhaps because it was early, found nothing.