UK Death

Final Exchanges Between Lovers, Family And Friends Shared On Tumblr

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A Tumblr showcasing the last messages people ever received from loved ones is singlehandedly breaking hearts across the globe. 'The Last Message Re...

One Month Without Mum

Naomi Barrow | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Some days are okay; I can smile, laugh, work, see people and generally live life. Other days are hard and I have to just be patient with myself. I miss her. I miss her so much. But I can live my life alongside missing her. Most importantly, despite missing her, I can still be kind to myself.

Talking Openly About Children's Grief

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

When my wife was killed my son had just turned two. For the three years that followed I often worried about how he would fit in at school. What would the other children say when they found out his mum had died? How would the teachers handle his loss? What would it be like to be the 'odd one out'?

Sometimes There Are No Words, and That's Okay

Louise de Winter | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise de Winter

Paul was heartbroken when he heard his wife Susie had been killed in an accident, leaving behind their three small children. He'd been to plenty of funerals before and they just didn't seem to be relevant to the horror of the situation in which he found himself.

Funerals Are Weird

Naomi Barrow | Posted 15.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

One aunt came up with the idea of having flowers near Mum's coffin for people to place on top if they wanted to, which nearly everyone did. I didn't, though - I placed a letter that I had written to Mum the night before and had folded into an origami crane.

Google Can't Tell You How to Grieve

Dawn Vance | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

When she only had a few hours left I desperately Googled the dying process so that I'd be prepared for what was happening to her. I'm not sure anyone could be prepared for that.

'Spare Tyre' More Dangerous To Health Than Being Obese

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

People who are average-size, but carry excess weight around their stomach, could be more at risk from health issues than those who are overweight, a n...

These Are The Leading Causes Of Death In England And Wales

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Cancer is the most common cause of death in England and Wales overall, but if you break down the statistics by gender it's a different story, accordin...

When the Sponge Finger Chooses You

Jude Coy | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

It was the week before Christmas. Whilst everyone else was getting ready for the festive season, scoffing mince pies and adorning themselves in Christmas jumpers and cheap sparkly tinsel, we were sitting in an NHS consulting room watching and feeling the bottom fall out of our world. Our picture perfect future crumbling into dust.

Goodnight Dad: The Call That Changes Your Life

Alison Bloomer | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Bloomer

The tears came then. Along with the first of many gut blows that left my abdomen searing with pain, yet feeling hollow at the same time. It was like my stomach was a thousand steps ahead of my brain. Preparing me for the psychological pain to come - a pain nothing physical has ever come close to.

Parents Honour Terminally Ill Daughter's Wish To Choose 'Heaven' Over 'Hospital'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Parents

Two parents have made a promise to honour their terminally ill five-year-old daughter's heartbreaking wish. When Julianna next falls ill, her pare...

The First Days of Grief

Naomi Barrow | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Mum died on Friday. She had a 'good death'. Those in palliative medicine define a 'good death' as one where the dying person is symptom free, in the place they want to be, with the people they want to be with. Mum died symptom free, in our lounge, with Dad by her side. Saying 'Mum died' might seem blunt to some, but that's what happened. Mum worked in palliative medicine all of her life and as a family we've always spoken about death and end of life care openly and honestly, so it seems only appropriate that we continue that when discussing Mum's death.

Give a Little Love and It All Comes Back to You

Matt Streuli | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Streuli

I write this because I am scared we are forgetting our humanity. Last night, someone called me asking for my support as they were being admitted to hospital. I did not think I should stay in bed and protect my assets.

24-Year-Old 'Freezes To Death' After Being Locked Inside Ice Chamber

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

A 24-year-old woman has "frozen to death" after she was locked inside a cyro chamber, where temperatures plummeted to minus 151 degrees Celsius (minus...

Now You Can Become A Tree When You Die

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's now a way to live on even after death. Bios Urn is a biodegradable plant pot, made from cellulose and natural fibres, that uses your ashes ...

When is the Right Time to Tell Your Child They Are Autistic?

Reneé Davis | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

One afternoon last week, my 6yo highly functioning autistic daughter came home from school in an absolutely foul mood. She wanted all of my attentio...

Dia de Los Muertos, Mexico ~ Altars and Altering Perceptions on Death

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

This year will be the eleventh 'Dia de los Muertos' that I have experienced in Mexico. This festival, which honours the dead on the first two days of November, held me captive the very first time I witnessed it. I was attracted not only to the bold imagery offered but also to the spirit of remembering the dead in a respectfully celebratory manner.

National Burns Awareness Day: Raising Awareness To Save Lives

Lucy Wilson | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

Some people can't resist the strong taste of coffee in the morning or the tender smell of a Yankee candle in the evening. We all come into contact with hot substances on a daily basis. However, it is estimated that over 121,000 people are seen by burns services and emergency departments each year...

What To Say To Someone When Their Pet Dies

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When a family member, friend or colleague loses a pet, it can be difficult to know what to say. You don't want to seem insensitive by ignoring the ...

Mum Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I don't know how long Mum has left. I know that she's tired, that she's been battling this illness for a long time and it's not a nice position to be in. We're lucky because we have an amazing network of friends around us who constantly offer lifts, food, hugs, and an ear.

Forced Goodbye

Fila Magnus | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fila Magnus

Being a family that barely ever celebrates birthdays, you've been known to give the worst of gifts - from mugs to absolutely nothing, but this time, daddy, just 8 days before, you forced me to bury you into the ground, and say goodbye - for forever.

Ten Tips for Surviving Uni When Someone You Love Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Packing up your bedroom and going to uni is exciting and scary whether you're going into your first year, or subsequent years. Packing up and heading off to uni and leaving behind a parent (or other family member) who is dying brings a whole host of new challenges and worries.

The Jackie Collins Dilemma - To Tell or Not to Tell?

Jonathan Romain | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Jackie Collins had the right to keep her cancer secret from her close family, but it may have been the wrong choice. It was, of course, her life and ...

These People Will Preserve Your Tattoos When You Die...

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Everyone knows a tattoo is for life, but now it can last for eternity thanks to the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA). ...

Why Does It Take Heartbreak for Us to Fully Appreciate Our Loved Ones?

Amy Packham | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Packham

She went through periods of sense-making, trying to ignore what was going on. She pondered small unrelated details such as the extortionate train fare. But I knew at that moment all she really cared about, all she really wanted was to be with her mum and it was heartbreaking to hear.