UK Death

Death In A Digital Age

Jeremy Field | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Jeremy Field

Social media now extends into every aspect of life, from parents posting 12 week scans on Facebook to friends setting up 'in memory of' pages to remember loved ones. Our digital footprint exists from cradle to grave and beyond, with digital communications changing the way we talk about death and even how we plan for it.

Falling In Love With Mum - Dementia and Dying

Lisa Ives | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

My mother died nearly six years ago, I haven't been able to write about it until now.

Eco Burials Are A Poignant Way Of Making Your Legacy A Sustainable One

Jo Carrigan | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It’s never going to be the hot topic at a dinner table, but death is inevitable and so too is preparing for it. According to Ecology Global Network,...

Feeling Down Is A Great Pick Me Up

Rico Griffiths-Taitte | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rico Griffiths-Taitte

The whole furore of Christmas and talking to my friend left me with a great sense of depletion. I recently found employment and I even worked in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. While I was working I thought about my friend, who told me that she did not want any medication and preferred to live with just her memories.

Touched By A Celebrity Death

David Spencer | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

I am not claiming to have been more upset than anyone else; but George Michael's sudden death affected me because he played a part in my life in a way that David Bowie, Prince or George Martin did not. So the next time the Grim Reaper comes calling for a celebrity, I will have sympathy for those that surprise me with their emotions rather than snigger and sneer.

What I Learnt About Death In 2016: David Bowie, Cancer, My Dad And Me

Sarah Cretch | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Cretch

Bowie made me think differently. He gave me permission to read literature and philosophy and like abstract art. Then later, inspiration to leave my small Northern town and try my luck in the big wide world. Aged thirteen I never anticipated that my schoolgirl hero would have such a huge influence on how I learnt to deal with death and mortality, through a cancer diagnosis and the loss of my father.

Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher: Their Legendary Mother-Daughter Moments

Jay McCarthy | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jay McCarthy

The mother-daughter dynamic between Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher was both hilarious and heart-rending. We've all had those toe-curling "Mom, noooooooo!" moments, but Debbie took it to a whole new level when it came to embarrassing her daughter.

Spinning The Wheel: A Prophecy Of Things To Come

Paul Marshall | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Less than 48 hours before George Michael died, I was in a dark, hot and extremely sweaty underground room, almost dungeon like in its appearance. Alon...

A Personal Homage To John Berger

Andrew Pendleton | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK
Andrew Pendleton

My wife and I had only one reading at our wedding and it was from his short book. Our lives have been held together by many things, but John Berger's words are the literary resin that binds us. As we turn to face what 2017 holds in store for us - as the angels chatter distills and clarifies - the incredible legacy of Berger's writing is something magical to draw on. It can help see us through.

Anorexia Is No Longer My Best Friend

Hope Virgo | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hope Virgo

Being friends with Anorexia is not worth it. Whatever she tells you, the false promises, the affirmation, the encouragement. Whilst she feels like the best friend you could ever dream of it won't last. She doesn't care about you. She is just one big bully.

Goodbye Princess Leia, Original Badass And Feminist Icon

Jay McCarthy | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jay McCarthy

The loss of Carrie Fisher, aged just 60, is a seminal moment in history for those of us who grew up with her Star Wars alter-ego. For me, as a little girl in the seventies, she was part of the holy trinity of badass female icons: Princess Leia, Wonder Woman and Miss Piggy.

Thank You, George Michael: An LGBTQ+ Tribute

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

The LGBTQ+ community does indeed owe George Michael a debt of gratitude. Alongside the rest of the world, we thank him for his amazing musical legacy, for his ability to make us sing, dance and cry. However, we in the LGBTQ+ community should also be thankful to have had George Michael as one of 'our own'.

How These Bears Remind This Toddler Of His Dad Who Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents

A toddler is able to remember his dad who died through two teddy bears made from his policeman uniform. Blake Snyder, from Missouri, US, died in Septe...

Labour MP Breaks Down In House Of Commons Over Death Of 8-Year-Old Son

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents

A Labour MP tried to hold back tears as she shared the story of her eight-year-old son’s death, in a House of Commons debate about child funeral cos...

Selfie Deaths - A Life For A Like?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

However, a sonorous and vivid alert could make the level of danger worse by scaring the selfie-taker. Whether or not the alert increases danger is another question and would need to be tested (hopefully not with real high mountaintops).

Children And Grief - We Need To #MakeTime2Listen

Beth Phillips | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Beth Phillips

It is over three and a half years since my husband, Dunc, aged 39, went to play football and never came home. He collapsed on the pitch and died a short time later. At 5:40pm, Dunc had kissed us all goodbye and told us that he loved us. By 6:40pm, the world for Sam, Tom and I had changed forever.

No Guarantee Of Shore

Roberta Verdant | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

She must find a boat and sail in it. No guarantee of shore. Only a conviction that what she wanted could exist, if she dared to find it. - Jeanette W...

Is Death Easier Than Divorce?

Alexandra Massey | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Last week a woman said something to me that stopped me in my tracks. It had occurred within the context of a conversation we were having about the death of my husband last year when she asked me how I was coping. I explained that I was getting back on my feet. It was then she said,

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.