UK Death

An Agnostic's Guide To Answering Your Children's Questions About Death

Isabelle Lee | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Talking about death to children is not an easy thing to do - far harder than teaching the facts of life! But how do you approach it when you are not sure of your own answers? I have tried to put together the worries and questions my children had, and how my husband and I, as agnostics, approached the answers.

'Miffy' Author Dick Bruna Dies Aged 89

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents

Dick Bruna, the author of the children’s books and much-loved character ‘Miffy’, has died at the age of 89. Bruna reportedly died in his sleep a...

People Whose Spouses Died Open Up About Loss And Finding Love Again

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

For those who have not experienced loss, it is hard to imagine the unbearable pain that people go through when their partner dies. To reduce the isola...

The Day My Novel Saved A Life

S.D. Robertson | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
S.D. Robertson

As an author I love hearing from my readers - but I never expected one to thank me for saving their mum's life. After my debut novel was published la...

Actor Mourns Death Of 89-Year-Old Neighbour Who He Invited To Live With Him

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An actor who invited his 89-year-old terminally ill neighbour to move in with him has revealed that she has sadly passed away. Big-hearted Chris Salv...

I Watched My Stepdad Die And Now No Longer Fear Death

Sophie Farrow | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Sophie Farrow

life less ordinary banner I sat on my own watching, soaking wet and saying my goodbyes. I knew he was gone. I knew I would have to tell the family. I knew we would be flying home with a spare seat. I knew my life would never be the same again. I knew a heart attack has just killed my stepdad.

How Do You Deal With Death?

Katie Grace | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

Attending your first funeral is strange, almost surreal. Speaking at a funeral is even stranger, and as someone who has never practised a faith I almost felt like a fraud. Speaking the words of God, as it were, was a peculiar experience, but I'm glad I did it.

Mourning Hans Rosling, Sultan of Statistics

William Crona | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
William Crona

Today, I mourn my fellow-countryman, the sultan of statistics, the great Hans Rosling.

I Was There: Ten Tips For Approaching The Inquest Into A Loved One's Death

Ed Green | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Green

But what happens in the majority of Britain's inquests - those dealing with more ordinary tragedies that never make the national headlines? People who die in accidents, house fires or in unclear circumstances.

Sing Like Your Life Depends On It: How Songwriting Helped Me Through Grief

Ben Westwood | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Westwood

What's the worst word in the English language? It's not what you think. It's not four letters, but nine - "malignant". One month shy of her 36th birthday, my wife Carolina handed me the results of her biopsy, which indicated advanced breast cancer. I felt like the earth was swallowing me up. It was October 11, 2011.

Your Life Really Does Flash Before Your Eyes When You're Close To Death, Research Suggests

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Fictional characters will often describe seeing their lives “flash before their eyes” when close to death, but this experience could actually be a...

You Can Now Frame Tattooed Skin From Your Loved Ones After They Die

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Many of us keep mementoes of loved ones who’ve died, from letters they wrote to jewellery with sentimental meaning. But given the chance, would you ...

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...