Dealing With Death

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.

Perhaps Its the Daily Mail That Hates Britain?

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

If at any point my own father came under public scrutiny and his memory was besmirched in the way the Daily Mail has with Ralph Miliband's memory and legacy, I'm not sure how I would react. But I'd certainly feel dismay for my family and wonder in whose world it was alright to attack someone who can't defend defend themselves.

Continuing the Good Fight for Dad

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

At 34 years of age, I'm the eldest of the four kids he left behind and should feel privileged that I had him for the longest of all of us. But two weeks after his death and a week after his funeral, I am struggling to feel positive about anything at all.

Probate and Other Fairly Pointless Pieces of Paperwork

Beth Phillips | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

Today, four months and four days since Dunc died, I have finally received the Grant of Representation (Probate) in the post. Four months and five days ago, I didn't even know that such a thing existed, let alone the hoops that one is required to jump through in order to obtain it.

The Challenges of Life After Dunc's Death (Part Two)

Beth Phillips | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

I know that there are friends who would have done their utmost to come to our aid, but ultimately they all have families to attend to, and places to be. Dunc's unconditional love for all three of us is irreplaceable and its loss immeasurable.

The Challenges of Life After Dunc's Death (Part One)

Beth Phillips | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

Many of the events that occurred in the early weeks of our new life are a blur that I can barely remember. However, I can vividly recall the amount of energy that surviving them consumed and the overwhelming tiredness that resulted (and lasted for about nine weeks). The simplest of tasks seemed almost unmanageable, exhausting and strangely scary.

Living The Life

Hilary Robinson | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

"Grief feels like fear" - wrote C. S. Lewis and when my phone rang one morning three years ago, I knew instinctively that something was wrong. My daughter's best friend had gone missing from school the day before so when the Head of Pastoral Care told me that Naomi had died I was shocked, but not surprised. She had committed suicide. She was just 17.