Dealing With Grief

Sing Like Your Life Depends On It: How Songwriting Helped Me Through Grief

Ben Westwood | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Westwood

What's the worst word in the English language? It's not what you think. It's not four letters, but nine - "malignant". One month shy of her 36th birthday, my wife Carolina handed me the results of her biopsy, which indicated advanced breast cancer. I felt like the earth was swallowing me up. It was October 11, 2011.

Manchester By The Sea: Navigating Through Loss And Grief

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Amisha Bhavsar

As I walked into the screening room with a bunch of seasoned reviewers and critics, to watch Manchester by the Sea - I have to confess, I had seen the...

The Minefield Of Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Well you never know what support, or lack of support, will be offered to you. You have no idea whether those around you will say helpful things or hurtful things, so as you are walking on this uncharted and terrifying path you are constantly waiting for a bomb to be detonated.

Unresolved: Why We Need New Year's Experiments Not New Year's Resolutions

Anna Beecher | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Beecher

I think these hurdles were harder to face because I have swallowed the notion at the core of resolution making; that I am project and life, with a few tweaks, should run increasingly smoothly.

Comfort And Joy

Julia David | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julia David

Grief isn't Christmassy. Yet grief is a fundamental part of Christmas for so many people. This may be a despairing, raw grief at a recent death or a silent, lingering grief from a loss suffered long ago. I expected the first Christmas after my Dad passed away to be difficult but I didn't foresee the cauldron of conflicting emotions of the last few weeks.

Making Time To Listen To Bereaved Children

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

You see, children, like adults, continue to have a relationship with the deceased. What's often not the same for young kids, though, is that they will have to fill in gaps that their memories don't offer up freely. They have to make believe.

Making Time To Grieve

Mark Oborn | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Oborn

When Claire died in 2013 I found myself struggling to focus on work, family and running the house. I was always fighting off the urge to fall apart, continuously struggling with being alert and focused.

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.

The Colours Of Grief - Ten Years Without You!

Lizzie Jones | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Jones

I'll never forget the most concerned look that I've ever been given as I got led to a private room and got made to sit down as three teachers had to explain to me all over again that you were dead.

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 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.

Father's Day Without a Dad

Julia Bryson | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Julia Bryson

The rows of cards all about Dads made him smile and reminded him of Roger, but when I said to him why they were all there he fell silent and look tearful. 'What are we going to do if we haven't got a dad?' he asked me. 'I don't know love' is all I could say, wondering what on earth we would do when the day came around.

60 Postcards in Australia: The Relaunch

Rachael Chadwick | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Chadwick

I'm hitting Australia at the weekend for a 3-week trip, travelling around Melbourne, Adelaide, Cape Tribulation, Whitsunday and with a final night in Brisbane. There was absolutely no way I could head to the other side of the world for an adventure and not use this opportunity to scatter postcards as I go.

Cancer Surviour Guilt? How to Stop it Now

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Having a social, cultural and religious heritage that is well saturated with guilt (at least when I grew up), shame and guilt would be a constant companion and shadow that would weigh heavily on me. The essence of the intuitive and conscious belief was that 'I am bad'.

Life Goes On...

Nadine Marshall | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents
Nadine Marshall

Conner was put on life support machine in intensive care: We knew the situation was very serious and grave. However, despite the horrendous circumstances we were in, Richard and I, and both our children, drew a lot of comfort from the way the hospital managed everything.

My Five Year Wedding Anniversary as a Widow

Julia Bryson | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Bryson

Five years ago that weekend was one of the happiest days of my life. It was the day I married Roger, my best friend and the man who made me laugh, made me feel spacial, made me feel safe. The father of my children, the one who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Alex Reid | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Alex Reid

Obviously the lion's share of my life has been dedicated to training, pushing my body to its physical limits and enduring all that comes with that lifestyle. Not only has this always helped me stay in shape, it has also helped me keep a clear head, to focus my mind when all around me may be chaotic. This, thankfully, has served me well in the last month.

Finding Joy After the Tears

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

First let me state this...by being happier that does not mean I don't miss my children, as I do. It also does not mean I am glad to have gone through loss, as I am not. I wish with my whole heart they were now with me and I would gladly hand back the lifelong journey of grief.

Real Love Never Dies: Losing My Dad

Tracey Morgan | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

A lot of people close to me are losing family members and friends at the moment and I really wish I could take the hit for them, the pain is excruciating and nothing can prepare you, but everyone will get through it, we are all way stronger than we think.

The Show Must Go On...

Alex Reid | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Alex Reid

We knew Dad's illness was terminal, none of us were ready for how quickly it progressed. None of us were prepared to say goodbye quite so soon. When I received the call to say Dad had died, I felt like the air had been sucked out of the room. Nothing you do can steady your soul for that moment, the moment your life changes forever.

When Is It Right to Be Sad With Grief?

Janice B Gordon | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Janice B Gordon

If grief is new to you do not think your feelings are wrong or that you should feel any other way or that you should not be feeling whatever you're feeling, it is OK to be sad. You are human and you will work it through in your own time.

Selective Grief

Liza Bel | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Liza Bel

My student years in Paris defined who I am today. The streets harboured my surreptitious kisses, those terraces hosted my tears after failed exams and my laughter with my friends who teased me about my Russian accent in French. I wasted my student stipend on Pierre Hermé macaroons consumed between lectures on a random bench at St Germain. It was with a view of the Tour Eiffel that I started my first ever internship at Radio France.

We Need to Talk About Ana

Maliha Reza | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

If you are supporting someone through this then stay strong. They need you to be. They are full of intense regret and self-deprecation, and your support and love will be one thing getting through the barrier and to the starting line of a healthy life.

Fair Weather

Julie Elizabeth | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Elizabeth

While engrossed in grief, the seasons sadly don't always represent their metaphorical meanings. Good weather does not always bring with it good times. Relationships that had remained strong and fulfilling in fair weather had turned to destructive depressions in grayer times.

Mark Zuckerberg We Salute You

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Well who knew Mark Zuckerberg talking about his and his wife's miscarriages would cause such a media frenzy?