#Bereavement

Jeff Brazier Shares Heartbreaking Insight Into How Sons Are Coping With Mother's Day And Jade Goody's Death Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents

Jeff Brazier has taken to Twitter to praise his sons for their “resilience” following a week that marked both the anniversary of their mum’s dea...

Behind The Scenes With Rio Ferdinand And Other Widowers

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

On this particular occasion we had invited someone else who was suffering into the fold. The former England captain and widowed father of three, Rio Ferdinand, was joining us to find out more about how we processed our loss and helped our kids through theirs.

How To Explain The Westminster Attacks To Your Children

Scott Salter | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Scott Salter

Talk to children using words they understand and are appropriate for their age. It's best to use honest, clear language if possible. It's probably best to tell children information a bit at a time, giving them the opportunity to come back with more questions. Older children will want and be able to handle more information.

Ten Things Losing My Mother Taught Me

Melanie Swan | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Swan

Losing her was indeed the hardest thing I have encountered during my life and anything challenging since I lost her has become, in some respects, more minor since dealing with that, but in others, doubly challenging as I lost the one person in whom I could trust without judgement, bias or prejudice.

What's Mother's Day Like When You've Lost Your Mum?

Rochelle Bugg | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rochelle Bugg

But if I can make it through all the other days in the year without my mum then why is this one random Sunday any different? Mother's Day is just another day on the calendar isn't it? But somehow, it's not. For me, there are three main reasons why it's such a difficult time of year:

Rio Ferdinand Tearfully Opens Up About Supporting His Kids As They Grieve For Their Mum

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents

Rio Ferdinand broke down in tears as he spoke about how he is supporting his children through their grief following the death of their mum. Ferdinand,...

A Friend Has Suffered A Bereavement - What On Earth Do I Do?

Charlotte Mackay | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Mackay

The following week I talked with him at length about the startling lack of response he received from some people. It got me thinking; maybe I could write a list of my own personal FAQs/Tips for those who are perhaps recently bereaved and in particular those who just feel helpless looking in. This changed after my brother Johnny completed suicide in 2014.

The Sound Of Grief

Naomi Barrow | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Mum was a bundle of energy. As I frequently say to people - I'm not sure I remember her ever really sitting down until she became ill. She was always moving, always on-the-go, always running from one place to another doing various activities.

Artist Navigates Grief With Simple Yet Relatable Drawings About Life After Loss

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An artist is documenting her thoughts around grief in a series of simple yet relatable drawings. A few years back, Mari Andrew’s father passed away ...

I'm Back! A Little Explanation For My Relative Silence!

Claire Lynch | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lynch

So you'll probably all have noticed that I haven't been around for a while; or perhaps you hadn't noticed but now I come to mention it... but I'm going to indulge myself and pretend that you had all most definitely noticed my absence, even if you hadn't missed my ramblings.

Tips On Helping A Child In Grief

Bec Cousins | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bec Cousins

Tips that I have picked up both from training I have been on, and from directly working with children. My own children included. I hope that you find them useful, and if you feel they will help others, that you can pass them on.

Parenthood Helps Us Face Our Demons

Amanda Alexander | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents
Amanda Alexander

After leaving a furniture shop and sighing with relief that we share the same taste in sofas (a major tick in the marriage compatibility box, I'm told) we stumble upon Rachmaninov on our car journey home. It's here that he expresses a hope that our children will truly soak up music.

10 Dos And Don'ts For Helping Someone Experiencing Grief

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Feelings of loneliness are worse in older women than men following the death of a loved one, a new survey has found. Charity Independent Age said tha...

Grieving Mum Appeals To Internet To Find 'Next' Sleepsuit For Her Twin Boy Who Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum appealed to the internet to help her find a sleepsuit from ‘Next’ for her son who died to wear at his funeral. Zoe Taylor, from Peterborough...

The Day My Novel Saved A Life

S.D. Robertson | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
S.D. Robertson

As an author I love hearing from my readers - but I never expected one to thank me for saving their mum's life. After my debut novel was published la...

I Was There: Ten Tips For Approaching The Inquest Into A Loved One's Death

Ed Green | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Green

But what happens in the majority of Britain's inquests - those dealing with more ordinary tragedies that never make the national headlines? People who die in accidents, house fires or in unclear circumstances.

Rio Ferdinand And Five Other Men On Losing The Women They Love To Cancer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Former football player Rio Ferdinand has opened up about the death of his wife, Rebecca, in an emotional documentary. Ferdinand became a single parent...

What I Learnt About Death In 2016: David Bowie, Cancer, My Dad And Me

Sarah Cretch | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Cretch

Bowie made me think differently. He gave me permission to read literature and philosophy and like abstract art. Then later, inspiration to leave my small Northern town and try my luck in the big wide world. Aged thirteen I never anticipated that my schoolgirl hero would have such a huge influence on how I learnt to deal with death and mortality, through a cancer diagnosis and the loss of my father.

Rediscovering Christmas - Life After My Wife's Suicide

Gary Marson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gary Marson

I opened the box of Christmas decorations as carefully and as nervously as an archaeologist might approach a long lost haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure. This, to me, was much more precious; a collection not of gold but memories, a time capsule of the way things used to be, before.

How To Deal With Christmas When The Magic Has Gone

Juliette Lambert-Heduy | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Juliette Lambert-Heduy

Even if it is painful, even if my heart will be tight and heavy, I will wear my sparkling festive clothes, I will smile, and most importantly, I will do all I can to pass on the Christmas magic to my own little bundle of joy, currently growing inside me. And who knows, maybe this little angel will bring me back the magic...

These Families Have Chosen To Cancel Christmas, Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Cancelling Christmas may seem impossible; whether you’re at work, at home or on your commute - there’s no avoiding the pressure to be cheerful. B...

A Christmas Letter To Parents, From A Kid Who Doesn't Have Any

Jonathan Trotter | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Trotter

To put it bluntly, there will come a Christmas without you. Hopefully, it'll come much later, but it might come sooner. That's not a morbid thought, it's a centering thought. Your kids will always have stuff. They will not always have you.

Finding Joy Through Pain

Genelle Aldred | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Genelle Aldred

Being happy is a transient state, a feeling, I have never met anyone who is happy all the time. Joy on the other hand is more of an emotion it contains happiness but goes deeper. Joyful people are those going through a rough time but not going under.

Standards In Perinatal Bereavement Care: A Geographical Lottery?

Chantal Lockey | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Chantal Lockey

Over the years I have met with thousands of bereaved parents who never cease to shock me with their tales of horror and lack of support following the devastation that is the loss of a baby. In some trusts, stillborn babies are still being delivered in delivery suites to the sounds of babies crying, excited visitors arriving with bunches of flowers and congratulation balloons.

Long Time Gone. A Note To My Father

Jane Scott | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Scott

I don't know why you have been on my mind so much lately, it's twelve and a half years since you died. Perhaps it is watching your small, wobbly granddaughter achieving her small significant steps, and hurting that you never met her or knew of her struggles. Perhaps seeing her adoration of her own doting Daddy.