#Bereavement

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 18.07.2014 | 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 26.05.2014 | 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.

What We Can Learn From Nelson Mandela's Death

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Celebrating a life can lighten the pain of loss - sharing special moments of meaning, private and public. Mixing numbness, heart break, tears of pain and the longing to hold, talk, see, hear the other just on more time with pride, joy and gratitude for what we have experienced with and because of the other, who has gone.

The Personal Crisis of Cancer

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often people feel that they have been replaced by cancer; that their lives and who they are has been reduced to cancer; that their past achievements, dreams and ambitions no longer count for anything. How to cope? And how do others around us cope?

Katie Hopkins: 'Employers Should Not Have To Pay For The Risks In Our Lives'

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Esther Hayden

Katie Hopkins view, as she expressed in her newspaper column is that we should all take responsibility for what she terms the 'potential risks' in our lives and business owners should not be out of pocket in cases such as this.

Obituaries - Life After Death

Bob Chaundy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bob Chaundy

There have been several major deaths recently - singer Lou Reed, broadcaster John Cole and composer Sir John Tavener spring immediately to mind. As the former obituaries editor at BBC News and now a freelance obituary writer, I know from experience the pronounced feeling of self-satisfaction such deaths engender if you have prepared the obituaries in advance.

Roles and Responsibilities

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

My roles have shifted unexpectedly and quite dramatically, but it is my responsibility to make the best of the situation in which the boys and I now find ourselves. It's a responsibility I intend to take very seriously.

Dear Bobby...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

How difficult it can be at times to spot your grief for mummy. While we quite rightly do not use it as an excuse for every minor indiscretion, it is at times so glaringly obvious that the very worst you can ever throw at me is undeniably a direct consequence of the turmoil you occasionally feel inside. Yet although I know and accept its origins, why do I always allow it to hit me so personally and so deeply?

Love is...

Mark Oborn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Oborn

Words can't express how lonely I feel at the moment, and that is very definitely 'lonely' and not 'alone'. Those two words seem to have the same meaning on the face of it but they are so completely different.

A Prescription for Happiness

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

I hope that by seeking out small doses of happiness when I need them to help see me through a particularly challenging moment/day/week, I will remain strong enough and well prepared for a time when the sadness of losing Dunc begins to fade and happy moments will be purely happy once more.

Supporting Children Following the Sudden Death of a Parent

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

The day-to-day support that children need during the grieving process is extensive and is required at a time when the other parent (in this instance, me) is at their lowest ebb. One thing that I have learnt in the last six months is that the grieving process is a very individual thing.