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Letting Grief Re-Define What Time and Success Mean

Debbie Leven | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Leven

Losing friends or family always makes you contemplate about life. Maybe it's also about being older and having different priorities, understanding that it's not the material things that really make a difference or bring happiness. When I was told the news that my friend had passed away I remember my immediate reaction was 'I thought there was more time.'

Coaching Butterflies...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

n an R.E lesson the subject conveniently turned to the afterlife, and, without needing any cue, Freddy got up and spoke wonderfully in front of the whole class about Jade and most poignantly about how he sees her as a beautiful butterfly. Heart melting stuff and Ms H took the golden opportunity to elaborate and congratulate Freddy on such a brave show of emotion. Realising she was beneath the barrier, something wonderful happened between teacher and pupil and an understanding was made. This was confirmed when a Loom-band bracelet appeared anonymously on her desk with a note proclaiming her to be the best teacher in the world.

Carpe Diem

Jason Bartholomew | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Bartholomew

Each of us has grieved or will grieve in our lives at some point: a tragic death of a spouse; an unthinkable loss of a child; the memory of a lost friend - humanity inevitably will rob us of someone we love. It is at those poignant moments when we will stop and notice time itself.

Have You Told Your Family Your Organ Donation Decision?

Dr Ellie Cannon | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ellie Cannon

New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.

Coaching Through Grief

Jeff Brazier | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Something so harrowing happened today that I can't get it off my mind. I took the children to watch the Tour de France come tearing through the tiny country lanes in a neighbouring village and I ended up comforting a woman as she watched her husband slipping away before her very eyes. I just can't comprehend what she must be feeling right now.

Chain, Chain, Chain, Chain of Hate

Paul Marshall | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

Peddling arms in the Middle East may not exactly be the safest activity you can engage in. Neither for that matter is peddling drugs in Sicily. Or peddling stolen goods from the back of a van in Bolton.

Contemplating Death on a Sunny Day in Spain

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

Recently I have felt the same way when I see a mature tree being felled. I need to turn away in case I catch a  grimace in its great barked face, sometimes I even think I hear a cry under the buzz of the saw.

Speaking Ill of the Dead

Penny Hardie | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Hardie

I am an outgoing, lively person who stands up for herself, at times a force to be reckoned with, so how could I let myself be bullied for six years? To compound the issue the bully in question died and I have felt obliged to honour and defend his memory ever since. And that is twenty long years.

Oscar Pistorius and Gun-Violence: No Happy Endings

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Once upon a time, everyone loved a happy ending. In a world with endless conflict, with the increased glorification of guns and violence, the question for parents and for young people today is: how do we get to that happy ending?

Dozens Of Fans Have Died In Tragic Ways During The World Cup

Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

The roller coaster of emotion that is the world cup has resulted in some wonderful moments. ​But away from the pitch numerous people have died in...

'Too Scared to Talk' - One in Four Children Feel Unable to Share Worries With Parents

Andy McCullough | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy McCullough

If you believe in the importance of open dialogue with your child and want to show your support for children who have no one to talk to then upload the most awkward conversation you've ever had with your child on the hub today or click on the share buttons on the Awkward Conversations hub to take part.

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.

Lessons of Loss

Leah Gasson | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leah Gasson

I will always miss Nanny Carol, who gate-crashed weddings and fed her dog caviar and who danced in the kitchen and used words without caution, but I'll always have had her in my life, and her wonderful madness is etched, eternally, into my genes.

Is Taxidermy a 'Girl Thing'?

Margot Magpie | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Margot Magpie

I get called a lot of things by taxidermy enthusiasts, animal-rights activists, and the media. I'm apparently an instructor, an expert, a hipster, an animal hater, a sicko, a stuffer...but one of the most puzzling things I have been called recently is a "woman taxidermist" and I get asked the same question time and time again "Why are so many women taking up taxidermy classes?".

Embracing Unexpected Moments of Happiness in Grief

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Soon after my wife was killed in November 2012 I decided to start a blog. Through it I would create a record of raw and live grief as it happened, as well as documenting my attempts at somehow rebuilding my life after the shock of becoming a widower at just 33.

Family Sorrow After 'Beautiful' Nicole Hartup's Death At Youth Club

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK

Tributes have been paid to a 12-year-old girl who died after falling from a wall at a youth centre. Nicole Hartup died in hospital following the ac...

Do You Really Wish You Could Get Together More Often? Or Is It Just Lip Service?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I was chatting with a friend recently and mentioned that since I moved back to Calgary, I've started a monthly "Family Night." He said that sounded like a great idea and mentioned that his family only gets together at funerals now, and that they keep saying they should meet up in between but "it never happens. Maybe soon."

Body Discovered In 'Broadchurch' Town

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

Police have discovered a body in the quiet Somerset town where ITV murder series Broadchurch was filmed. Underwater police search teams combed a di...

Ten Things About Life I'd Want to Tell My Kids Today If I Knew I Was Going to Die Tomorrow

Amanda Alexander | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Alexander

Despite our best intentions, we soon forget about the fragility and preciousness of life and carry on as we always have done, sweating the small stuff! However, one very practical thing we can do, even when we fail to live up to our intentions to "make each moment count" is share with our children the values we hold dearest.

Young Death, How Do We Comfort?

Miranda Wilson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Wilson

It's a tough one to embrace. I can hear my upbringing saying, "Surely letting go of the pain is a betrayal to their memory." But is it? Perhaps the bigger betrayal is to hold onto the pain and allow it to define us. To hold onto the belief that somehow their death was wrong.

For My Dad: In Awe of Spring

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

England is on the verge of breaking into full spring at the moment; some trees are in full bloom, some are only halfway through while others are only just starting to show signs of life. Seeing the resilience and beauty of nature is reassuring and feels somehow symbolic of how my dad is willing me and my family to move through our still overwhelming grief.

I'm a Taxidermy Artist and I "Disrespect Animals"

Margot Magpie | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Margot Magpie

Attacking me and accusing me of hating and killing animals is utterly ridiculous. I absolutely adore animals, but at the end of the day, a dead mouse is unused biological matter, molecules in a pile, and I have no problems breathing new life into it creating something that gets people conversing about life, death and art.

When Friendships End, the Grim Reaper and My Bigotry

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

The human condition is farcical, tragic, horrid yet ecstatic and over-the-top-wonderful occasionally. I am reminded of our insignificance by observing nature. I am seeing the same cycle over and over again now in a spring already fading.

Living With Secondary Breast Cancer: Accepting My Journey Is Getting Harder

Ismena Clout | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ismena Clout

It was a watershed appointment, the time to accept that my life as it was is over forever. I will never be the active, energetic go getter I was, I won't ever have enough energy to do all that.

Sooner (Or Later) Death Comes to Us All

Paul Marshall | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Marshall

'm hardly the world's biggest social networker, so it seems doubtful that when I'm dead I'll suddenly start messaging people for all eternity. Although that's obviously not the case for everyone. I've been wondering what all those tweets from Elvis and Beethoven were about- loving the new duet guys.