UK Death

Northerners 'More Likely To Die Early' Than People In South

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

People living in northern England are 20% more likely to die early (under the age of 75) compared to those from the south, according to a new study. T...

People Who Clinically Died And Came Back To Life Describe What 'The Other Side' Was Like

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Nobody really knows what happens when we die - some believe in an afterlife, some believe in reincarnation and others simply think nothing happens. Yo...

Grief After Meningitis - A Tale Of Two Charlies

Katy Mann | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Katy Mann

Last week baby Charlie Gard passed away. I think we all felt a little of what his parents must have gone through. They fought so hard to keep him aliv...

This Is Why So Many People 'See The Light' Near Death

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Tech

Ever wondered what death will be like? While no one likes to think about the end of life, lots of us (including scientists) have a strange curiosity a...

The Rise In Life Expectancy In The UK Is Slowing

Michael Marmot | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Michael Marmot

In the Marmot Review, we identified six domains that cause health inequalities and where action is required to reduce them: early child development, education, employment and working conditions, minimum income for healthy living, healthy and sustainable places to live and work, and taking a social determinants approach to prevention.

Employed Parents Who Have Lost A Child Could Soon Be Entitled To 'Paid Leave To Grieve'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Parents

Employed parents could soon have their entitlement to paid time off following the death of a child protected by law. MPs discussed the issue as they i...

How To Explain Death To Your Toddler

Dena Rapley | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Dena Rapley

"I wanna talk to Grandma! I wanna talk to Grandma!" It's infrequent, but it happens more than I realised it would. My three-year-old son slams himself down on the sofa in a huff whilst I catch my breath. Again. Then, he looks at me and says,

'Best Friend' Defoe To Join Family For Final Goodbye To Mascot Bradley Lowery

PA for HuffPost UK | By Tom White, Press Association | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents

England striker Jermain Defoe will join the family and friends of his “best friend” Bradley Lowery for the funeral of the six-year-old football ma...

This Dad Gives Memory Boxes To Bereaved Parents, As Tribute To Daughter Who Lived Just 7 Hours

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents

A dad was inspired to set up a charity to help grieving parents, after his own daughter, Ava, lived for just seven hours. Richard Atkinson, 41, from ...

Widow Urges Couples Not To Go To Bed On An Argument After Husband Dies In The Night

CATERS | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A widow is urging people to “always kiss your loved ones goodnight” after she woke to find her husband had suddenly died in the night on the sofa ...

The Reaction To Patton Oswalt's Engagement Proves We Don't Understand Grief

Jessica Hanson | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

For grief counsellors, it's become almost a mantra: "There is no timeline for grief." This idea that there's a neat timeline of 'mourning', 'getting over it' and 'ready to re-marry' is not only wrong, it's directly harmful to those coping with grief. So many bereaved people beat themselves up for not being 'over it' yet, or for moving on too quickly. The truth is that ways of grieving are as diverse and different as the people grieving and it's nobody else's business how someone reacts to the death of their partner.

Mum's Heartbreaking Warning To Parents After 7-Month-Old Son Died Because Of His Blanket

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has opened up about her seven-month-old’s tragic death in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of blankets in cots. Jordan DeRosier,...

We've Got The Five Stages Of Grief Wrong

Jessica Hanson | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

I am not a bereavement counsellor, but I do spend the vast majority of my waking hours reading, writing and thinking about grief. If Sarah and I were any less close as friends, I probably wouldn't venture to comment on her way of grieving.

Thanking And Promising My Dad

Adele Armstrong | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Armstrong

First thing Dad, more people have turned up to your funeral than my wedding so you did well there! Rest assured that I'll make sure that in future people will always say 1,000 people came to Marcus' funeral and Robbie Williams sang 'Angels'. You know what I mean dad.

A Letter To My Father, With Love, On Father's Day

Fariha Khan | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fariha Khan

This is perhaps the only Father's Day I have ever marked as we never celebrated Father's or Mother's Day in our house. Every day was Father's Day and every day was Mother's Day. The reason why I am marking it today is because you are no longer with us.

The Greatest Support You Can Offer Someone Who Has Suffered A Stillbirth

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents

Ten babies are stillborn in the UK every day. A stillbirth is one of the most devastating experience for parents. But what makes this experience even ...

Why Trips To The Cemetery Aren't Just For 'Big Fat Goths'

Jessica Hanson | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

I'm talking about tomb tourism. Many fellow taphophiles (that's a lover of gravestones and cemeteries) and I regularly take time out of our weekends to wander among the dearly departed, taking in the sights and sounds of the graveyard.

Dying Is A Lot 'Happier' Than People Realise, Says Scientists

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Tech

As a society we don’t largely imagine that the end of our life is something to look forward to, or that death will be enjoyable. In fact a recent Y...

Love Is The Only Option For Me

Beverley Ward | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

So, I met someone. It seems almost too perfect for words. I grieved fully and completely for a year, then on the 13th March, three days after the anniversary of Paul's death, I re-wrote my grief narrative to include the possibility of loving someone new and, just a month later, someone appeared.

Acting After Illness #9 Opportunity

David King | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

Through your own thinking you can close the doors on opportunity and opportunities to make your life better and the lives of others too.

In The Company Of Death: Coming To Terms With Grief And Loss

Dr Laura-Jane Smith | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Laura-Jane Smith

This is something no-one wants to hear, but it is true for you as much as it is for the critically ill patients I treat each day in hospital. Many of them are much closer to the end than you are, however, life is unpredictable, chaotic and sometimes cruel. Few of us will die at the time of our choosing.

To Those Of You Who've Lost All Hope

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Eventually, in time, we will find glimmers of hope again. We will find cracks of light. We will begin find things to believe in, and our little pile of good things will grow. We might find them in the most unexpected of places - a podcast that speaks to us, the ability to read a page of text, or the joy of being able to taste a cup of tea again. It might take weeks, it might take months, it might even take years, but it will happen.

To Achieve Radical Change End-Of-Life Providers Need To Address Some Home Truths

Lloyd Riley | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
Lloyd Riley

When doctors argue against assisted dying they are ignoring evidence that shows that greater patient choice is key to improving end-of-life care. Dyin...

People With Dementia Are Still People - We Must Remember That

David Baddiel | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Baddiel

My father has always been a sweary, impatient, irritated, lazy bloke. His loss of memory hasn't in fact lost who he is, like dementia can sometimes do. It's the opposite: it's turned the volume up on who he is - when the disease first took hold of him, he became like a Spitting Image puppet of himself.

Dementia Deaths 'Set To Almost Quadruple By 2040'

Press Association | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The number of people who die from dementia is set to rocket over the coming years, a new study has found. By 2040, it is estimated that 219,409 people...