UK Death

The Death Taboo - What's Your Digital Legacy?

Tim Snaith | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Tim Snaith

I say less developed and that is perhaps unfair. What is less developed are the policies those website companies adopt on death and the publicity surrounding the subject of how my data will be handled when the day comes.

Bye Bye Boozy Britain As No Alcohol Bars Show Drinking May Finally Be Going Out of Fashion

Lauren Booth | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Lauren Booth

In Britain we have reached the stage in our relationship with booze best summed up as can't live with it and unable to live without it. As Theresa Ma...

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.

Mum's Emotional Plea To Raise Awareness Of Sepsis After Son's Death

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Parents

A pregnant mother whose baby died from sepsis has made a heartbreaking video hoping to raise awareness of the condition. Melissa Mead’s one-year-old...

A Letter To My Younger Self

Stacey Hill | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stacey Hill

Dear 15 year old me. You probably won't read this letter because it's stuck in a pile of unfinished homework on your bedroom floor, next to the mouldy cups of coffee and your dirty underwear, that you're too bone idle to put in the wash bin.

Touching Note Attached To Balloons From Man To His Late Mother Will Make Your Heart Swell

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A student found a touching note stuck in a tree, from a man hoping to reach his late mother. Courtney Wiatt tweeted a photo of the letter, which had b...

The Myth Of The 'Romantic' Suicide

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The idea that there is some beauty or romance in suicide, some tortured individual or couple finally freeing themselves from pain and suffering is irresponsible. Were all suicides talked about as they should (and often are) as cataclysmic, moments of human suffering, then it is quite possible there would be fewer.

Alas Poor Yorick

Helen Keeler | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Helen Keeler

People almost always say nice things about dead people. You can't speak ill of the dead, people say, but they're wrong, you can, they can't hear you. It's not just obituaries, it's eulogies. I went to a funeral once and the vicar was saying such nice things that I thought I'd turned up to the wrong crematorium.

Family Of Five Dead In Possible Murder-Suicide In Ireland

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.08.2016 | UK

A family of five, including children, have been found dead at a house in Ireland in a possible murder-suicide, police have said. The bodies of deputy ...

Fear And Detachment

Maria Khan | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Khan

After befriending your unconscious, fear creeps into your house, bed, bath and soul, and sometimes it sneaks into your dreams, until it completely hijacks and paralyses the part of you that was born to bloom.

Death of Our Ethics

Mohsin Tanveer | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mohsin Tanveer

Are we moving forward from the dark ages or do we make exceptions to regress where it means we can have a champagne party in the middle of George Square?

Is Your Day Job Worth Dying For?

Veronica Melkonian | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Veronica Melkonian

Today felt like any other day. The normal slog. Until, that is, I sat on my train home and flicked through my Facebook feed on my phone. Someone shared a photo of themselves at graduation a year ago today... at my graduation... a year ago?!

Obese Men 'Three Times More Likely To Die Early' Than Women

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Obese or overweight men are more likely to die prematurely than women, according to new research. The study found that moderately obese people die, o...

The Dark and Disturbing Tale of Winnie the Pooh

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Wrapped in a blanket, my brothers and I used to sit by the radiator and listen to my mum read children's classics. My favourites were Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. I remember revelling in the stories of a clueless bear, accompanied by excited and reluctant friends, wandering around Hundred Acre Wood in the perpetual pursuit of honey.

How to Remember a Loved One on Armed Forces Day

Scott Salter | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Scott Salter

On Saturday the 25th of June, the UK will celebrate Armed Forces Day. The day is a chance to celebrate and honour those who serve our country in our forces. For some, though, the day is emotional as they remember those they have lost through service in our military. It can be extremely difficult for some families, friends and professionals to take part in Armed Forces Day and to discuss loss with a child.

After the Funeral, When Everyone has Gone Home

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

If you want to help Brendan Cox, or any bereaved friend, remember that the pain goes on for them. And on, and on, and on. You can help. Just be there. Take them out, let them cry, realise that they are a newborn trying to find out who they are going to become now that the world has ended. They will remember your kindness (or your stupidity) forever.

The Butterfly Sticker That Alerts Visitors Of Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who lost one of her twin girls after they were both born prematurely has spearheaded an initiative to alert visitors about the loss of a sibl...

The Pendulum

Nancy Atkinson-Turner | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Nancy Atkinson-Turner

More people walked away from this IOM TT with life pumping through the core of them, than came away with death clinging on to them. We held on to the pendulum and saw with our eyes the reality of failure. But my word, we were rewarded with the heart exploding punch of life.

Grow Up America: An Open Letter

Lisa Downs | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lisa Downs

Over the weekend we experienced yet another series of fatal and un-necessary shootings in the USA, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, and yet it always does. This weekend we were also blessed with the "Largest Mass Shooting Ever in US History". No surprises there. Why? Because America, you will not give up your guns.

He Was Just a Dog

Joely Carey | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joely Carey

'We should plant something on his grave, so he's still alive somehow,' he said as together we slowly covered Elvis' body with earth. And we shall. A scented rose, I think. Yes, Elvis was just a dog. A wonderful, wonderful dog and there will always be an Elvis-shaped hole in our hearts.

These Four Lifestyle Changes Could 'Prevent 250,000 Premature Deaths By 2025'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A quarter of a million people in the UK will die from preventable health conditions by 2025 if current lifestyle habits continue, a new report has sug...

Can Man-Eating Mushrooms Offer Us a Clean Death?

Zion Lights | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

What happens when you die? Spiritually speaking, we can only guess. But scientifically speaking, what happens to the human body after death is a rotten process. The decomposition begins on the inside: with cell death and the release of bacteria, and continues to the outside world where all manner of insects tuck in.

'Blood Everywhere' As Man Mauled To Death By His Pet Dog

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK

A man has been killed by his pet dog in Cumbria, in a savage attack in front of his teenage daughters. The 45-year-old was mauled to death by the pet ...

One Week on and We Are at Peace

Karin Sieger | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Your beloved cats don't come to you on the bed, so I hear. The one called Little Sock does not part from your mother's side. Perhaps they give you space. Perhaps they have started to let you go. Your mother says she is strong, now, but does not know about after... how she will cope. She will be 80 next month. Her only child is dying.

Woman Denied Bereavement Payout Because She Wasn't Married To Partner Of 16 Years

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK

A woman is taking the Government to court for breaching her human rights after being denied bereavement damages when her partner died - because they w...