UK Death

We Can't All Be Butterflies In Grief

Beverley Ward | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

This time last year I was mostly amongst friends and holding it together pretty well in company until, one evening, one of the participants didn't come down for dinner and I found myself drowning in panic thinking that he might be dead. I stood up, excused myself and rushed sobbing to my room and didn't stop crying for hours.

I'm Older Than My Father

Sally Brown | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Brown

My dad was a 40-a-day man - cigarettes not press-ups. He was one of the pre-war generation who started smoking as a teenager and, sadly, became addicted. My memories were of him lighting up a life-saving fag the minute he woke up in the morning - and that pretty much continued throughout the day.

Robots: Better Saved For Sci-Fi?

Colin Bull | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Colin Bull

The UK currently has a doom and gloom attitude towards AI, thanks to TV, film, and regular AI failure news stories. To thoroughly ensure the public feel confident and embrace this technology, the businesses which manufacture, sell, use and promote AI must thoroughly test the quality of the software behind all AI devices to protect against hackers, threats or indeed, robots turning on us and destroying human life.

Cancer Positivity La La Land - Time To Change Our Tune

Dr Mark Taubert | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Taubert

Negative thinking has an equal place and should never be suppressed or substituted. As human beings, we are not wired to ignore bad things and it is important to face up to the one fact that is undeniable: we are all going to die.

Can We Please Talk About Death?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The only way we can start to break down the walls that death puts up, is to talk about it. The only way we can begin to 'trial and error' our way through the language surrounding death, is to begin to try, experience a few errors, and slowly work out the best way for these conversations to happen. Death and grief aren't a big black hole that needs to be avoided at all costs. Talking to someone about it won't make you fall in the hole and keep falling until you can't get up.

Dating After Death

Beverley Ward | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

I started gently, casually, by reactivating Tinder and adjusting my personal statement to reflect my change in circumstances. I made it clear that I was not ready for a relationship but would like some male company. It was a clumsy beginning. The first person who approached me got short shrift when he asked me about my taste in books, films and music.

Smoking Still Causes One In 10 Deaths Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

More than one in 10 deaths worldwide (equivalent to 6.4 million deaths per year) are caused by smoking, new figures suggest. Half of these deaths occu...

Grieving Mum Films Touching Moment Late Son 'Sends Sign' While She Visits Grave

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents

A grieving mum was brought to tears when she received a “sign” from her late son while visiting his grave. Marie Robinson from Waterlooville, US, ...

How (Not) To Tell Your Child Their Beloved Pet Has Died

Ali Russell | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Let's just take a moment to remember Honey Bunny. She was a gentle little rabbit with a spring in her step. And even though she ate her own poo (very common in rabbits apparently), we loved her very much.

I Can't Stop My Friends From Dying - But I Will Help Them Live

Jackie Scully | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Scully

We, none of us, know how long we have left. So, we owe it to ourselves, our loved ones and our friends to make every day special. I cannot stop from friends from dying. But, I vow to do whatever I can to help them achieve their dreams and smile through their days.

Acting After Illness #8 Limbo

David King | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David King

Last month I didn't post a blog. Sadly, my father passed away after a short illness. Seeing my Dad attached to a life support machine somewhere be...

Is There An Afterlife?

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Nader Dehdashti

If I had asked myself the question 'is there an Afterlife?' Three months ago, I would most definitely have said no. No being in me believed that there...

Will MPs Feel Safe Today?

Anne Payne | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Politics
Anne Payne

Despite Theresa May's positive insistence that Parliament will come together as 'normal', MPs and staff who felt that their life might have been under...

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.

Losing Sense Of Smell In Middle Age Linked To Early Death

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

People who lose their sense of smell in middle age are more likely to die early, according to a new study. Alzheimer’s disease has previously been l...

I Want To Talk About Death

Tamara Spurway | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

It's the latter that has made me think long and hard about the need to lay out some plans in case death strikes our little family before it should. My friend knew what the outcome was going to be so I am sure as a family they had discussed it and their young son was aware of the inevitable, but it still breaks my heart to think of a little family being torn apart and left to rebuild their unit.

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.

How To Catch A Curve Ball And Hurtle The Thing Back

Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland

"Help", I thought to myself, I need to un-hear what I am being told. I'm sat opposite the specialist and he is telling me I have kidney cancer. Not what I thought would happen to a fit forty something. Yet, there I was being told it needed to come out, as soon as possible. Then a year and a day later I lost my husband to the same awful disease.

Dealing With My Father's Passing

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nader Dehdashti

No one prepares you for the intensity of grief and loss. There is no warning about the speed at which you are expected to close someone else's life. The documents you must sign and the countless phone calls to funeral directors, each time reminding you of the loss you have suffered.

Dead Pets

Ilaria Passeri | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Comedy
Ilaria Passeri

"We are gathered here today to put to rest Rosie and Jim." Our guinea pigs inevitably passed away so we did the standard thing of chucking them into ...

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.

Doctors, Don't Philosophise About Death - Just Listen To Your Patients

Lloyd Riley | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Lloyd Riley

The medical profession should not be able to dictate what choices dying people have available to them. This is where the application of searing honesty is needed most. Death is a taboo that doctors need to break for themselves, because society is way ahead of them.

An Agnostic's Guide To Answering Your Children's Questions About Death

Isabelle Lee | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Talking about death to children is not an easy thing to do - far harder than teaching the facts of life! But how do you approach it when you are not sure of your own answers? I have tried to put together the worries and questions my children had, and how my husband and I, as agnostics, approached the answers.

'Miffy' Author Dick Bruna Dies Aged 89

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents

Dick Bruna, the author of the children’s books and much-loved character ‘Miffy’, has died at the age of 89. Bruna reportedly died in his sleep a...