UK Death

Is Alcohol Now the Scourge of Older People and Younger Women?

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tony Rao

I honestly believe that alcohol-related memory problems are hugely under-reported and mistaken for Alzheimer's disease. Ten years ago I would have been treating no more than three people at any one time for alcohol-related brain damage. Now there are at least 10 patients with that in my clinical service.

Youth Culture's Heroes are Dying: So What Happens to Our Everlasting Youth Now?

Lucy Unwin | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Lucy Unwin

How many times have I seen "Stop it, 2016!" in the past few weeks? Graphs showing the upsurge in celebrity death, memes about George R. R. Martin writing the year, demands to put all sorts of international treasures in cotton wool. But shouldn't we be ready for this?

Son Receives Touching Email From His Dead Father

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A grieving son has received a touching email from his late father, two years after he died from cancer. The son, known as Reddit user 'Beersie_McSlur...

Death Of A Partner Really Can Break Your Heart, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The death of a partner may actually break your heart, new research suggests. The study found that those who lose a partner are at an increased risk of...

Five Ways We Can Take Action to End Early Death in Autism

Dr James Cusack | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Dr James Cusack

I remember experiencing the shock and devastation when I read and reviewed the existing research on a Saturday morning in November. I thought of every autistic person I knew, every family member. When you do that, it is hard to deal with such a tragic inequality in outcomes.

Woman Found Dead In Hotel Walk-In Freezer

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK

A woman has been found dead in a walk-in freezer at a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, after being locked in overnight. The body of Carolyn Robinson, 61, wa...

The Digital Afterlife: How Technology Has Changed the Way We Grieve

Philip Ellis | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

There was a time when only two things in life were certain; death and taxes. Now there's a third certainty; that the imprint we leave online will last long after we are gone. By 2012, just eight years after Facebook launched, 30 million profile owners had died. According to some estimates, 8,000 Facebook users die every day, leaving behind profiles, photos, likes, and memories.

Confronting Fear and Feathers

Mr Pickwick | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Comedy
Mr Pickwick

I have a fear of dead things. Not death, I can cope with that although I would be mighty pissed off if I got snuffed out prematurely. On arriving at...

Everything That Happens When You Die, In One Remarkably Cheerful Cartoon

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Tech

Death is inevitable. But what actually happens to your body once you die? A new video published by AsapSCIENCE, will happily inform you of all the rem...

Teen Crushed To Death By Horse In Front Of Horrifed Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK

A teenager from a famous racing family has crushed to death when her horse fell on her, as her parents watched on from the stands. Thousands have s...

The De-Commodification of Death and Funeral Rites

Julian Vigo | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one and who is also the person in charge of funeral arrangements can relate to the feeling of having t...

The Role of Therapeutic Storytelling in Early Years Loss And Bereavement

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Seyderhelm

If you ask a bereaved child a direct question such as, 'how do you feel about Mummy dying? their response is likely to be a shoulder shrug rather than a chatty response. On the other hand, if you tell them a story about an animal losing his Mum, the child is likely to identify with the animal and tell you how they feel.

If You Died Tomorrow, How Would You Look Back on Your Life?

Mandy Riches | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

Our time here is short. Stating the bleeding obvious but time, once lost, is gone forever. Why then do we sometimes treat it with such disrespect? Why do we put things off until we retire, or until next year, or trudge through the weekdays, yearning for the weekend?

Graphic Image Shows Heartbreaking Reality Of Meningitis For Children

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: People may find the photos below extremely graphic. A mother has shared a shocking image of her daughter who recently died from meningiti...

Quality End-Of-Life Care Must Be Universal

Clare Periton | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Clare Periton

People die all the time, much as babies are born all the time. What lies at the centre of good palliative care is the ability to listen and shape treatment and care around the individual, thinking about their needs, not just their symptoms.

Mum's Brave Campaign For Child Who Died From What She Thought Was A Chest Infection

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents

A mother whose five-year-old daughter died from an illness that initially appeared to be nothing more than a "simple chest infection", has launched a ...

How Scared of Death Are We Really - and How Does It Affect Us?

Jonathan Jong | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Jonathan Jong

Our reluctance to talk about death is often taken as evidence that we are afraid, and therefore suppress thoughts about it. However, there is little direct evidence to support that we are. So what is a "normal" amount of death anxiety? And how does it manifest itself?

Are We Really More Likely to Die at the Weekend in the NHS?

Benjamin Chang | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin Chang

As both a patient and a medical student observing this junior doctor contract saga roll on, it looks like history is repeating itself. Hunt has repeatedly and unwaveringly misrepresented medical findings, and the results have been deeply concerning.

Comedy vs Funerals

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

When people ask me how I can dare do stand-up comedy - on the grounds that it must be terrifying to risk humiliation in front of a crowd of people - I always say that it's nothing, nothing, nothing like as frightening as leading a funeral.

Tribute to Alan Rickman

Ruby Wax | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Alan Rickman died two weeks ago and I am broken, as is everyone else who knew him. I just wanted to share a few more words about him.

Henry Worsley's Death Inspires Hundreds To Donate To Wounded Soldier Fund

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK

A fundraising page for Henry Worsley is being inundated with donations and emotional tributes after the explorer died 30 miles short of making an hist...

David Bowie: Keeping Schtum About Cancer

Angela Brightwell | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Brightwell

I was upset. It was the headline: 'David Bowie dead at 69 after secret 18-month battle with cancer'. Because for me it was far too close to home. All I could think of was my Mum, I couldn't help it. The facts were identical.

Bereavement Is Just the Beginning

Louise Whitehill-Smith | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Whitehill-Smith

I had never really experienced death until I lost my grandfather in 2014. Four weeks later, my mother was diagnosed as terminally ill, and she passed in March 2015. These were excruciating losses, but little did I know that this was just the beginning of losing people from my life.

Grieving Couple Face Unexpected £1,000 Bill For Baby's Funeral

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents

A couple were unexpectedly given a bill of £1,000 for their son's funeral after a mistake by the Department of Work and Pensions. Nadia Oldale, 24...

In the Next 10 Years, Lots of Rock Stars Will Die - We're Going to Have to Get Used to This

Tim Thornton | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Over the next five, ten, fifteen plus years, lots of rock stars are going to die. This is not a statement of murderous intent, it's just a scientific and mathematic certainty. Some of them will be very famous and universally loved. Some more "niche". But die they will.