UK Death

Nine-Year-Old's Heartbreaking Cover Of Adele's 'Hello' For Dad Who Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents

A nine-year-old girl sung a heartbreaking cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’ because she felt the lyrics matched how she felt about her dad who died. Sadi...

Dear Mum, It's Been A Year Since You Died

Naomi Barrow | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The world is a little darker without you in it. A little duller. Your laugh no longer bounces off the walls of the house. Your arms no longer gather me into a hug when I walk through the door. Your smile doesn't greet me as I come up the drive.

Livestreaming Funerals Isn't Weird - It's A Vital Service For The Bereaved

Jessica Hanson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Jessica Hanson

Of course, every leap of progress should be accompanied by a little caution, but sometimes it feels as though we're far too willing to miss out on incredible improvements to our lives because we do not want to leave our comfort zone.

Our Prisons Are Houses Of Human Misery

Andrew Neilson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Neilson

We are glibly throwing ever more people into this river of violence, of drugs, of boredom and mental distress, and somehow magically thinking that this will make them better people. It does not.

How To Personalise A Funeral

Jeremy Field | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Field

Few of us want to admit it, but death is one of life's certainties. As a nation, we find death and end of life wishes one of the most difficult topics to discuss. It is a sobering subject and people can find funeral planning a sensitive or awkward matter, as if talking about dying will somehow make it happen. This, however, need not be the case.

Going Home

Angela Irvine | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Angela Irvine

Going home can mean different things to different people. To some it's that joyful packing up of your bag at the end of a busy day at the office. To o...

Why We Need To Talk About death

Isla Gray | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Isla Gray

If we're not encouraged to talk about death, then we will keep it hidden. We all like an easy life, after all. But for practical and emotional reasons we need to confront death and when people do find a way to tackle the taboo, wonderful things happen.

Epitaph: A Poem

Bradley Rand Smith | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Bradley Rand Smith

Brothers and sisters, I am here to bear witness and to say goodbye to someone I never knew. Here, at the alter of Jack Daniels, in this House of Perfume and Smoke, in this faceless city, I say goodbye.

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...