UK Death

Mum Wanted to Die So She Wouldn't Be a Burden - But Convincing Her to Live Gave Us Both a Gift Beyond Measure

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

I will never regret that our law protected her; preventing her from ending her life when she was vulnerable to despair. Those four years we shared were the most precious gift. Without them, Mum would have missed what she described as some of the richest times in her life and we would have missed understanding just what an amazing person she was.

Things I Learned From My Parents' Deaths

Gill Paul | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Paul

No one loves you like a mother. One of the things that preyed on my mind after Mum's death was that I'd lost the person who loved me most, but then it came to me in a powerful flash of insight that I still have her love and always will do.

We Need to Talk About Ana

Maliha Reza | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

If you are supporting someone through this then stay strong. They need you to be. They are full of intense regret and self-deprecation, and your support and love will be one thing getting through the barrier and to the starting line of a healthy life.

Woman Writes Inspiring Final Facebook Post After Six Year Cancer Battle

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has posted the most positive and inspiring final Facebook status after losing a six year fight against cancer. Seema Jaya Sharma, 37, had b...

Fair Weather

Julie Elizabeth | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Elizabeth

While engrossed in grief, the seasons sadly don't always represent their metaphorical meanings. Good weather does not always bring with it good times. Relationships that had remained strong and fulfilling in fair weather had turned to destructive depressions in grayer times.

Mum Sues After Breaking Back During Holiday To Grieve For Son

SWNS | Izzy Ferris | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

A mother has launched legal action against an Italian water park after she broke her back on a "dangerous" slide during a holiday to grieve the death ...

The Most Common Things People Say Before They Die

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

From Sir Winston Churchill's “I’m bored with it all" to Margaret Sanger's "let's have a party", history books are full of reported famous last wor...

New Video Shows Staff Were Aware Of Escalator Fault That Killed Mother (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK

Shocking CCTV footage has emerged showing the moments before a woman fell to her death in an escalator accident at a shopping centre, confirming two m...

The Drugs Don't Work

Susie Edmonds | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susie Edmonds

He had every chance, a supportive family, a girlfriend, a baby and a son he was going to adopt. He had a job and the chance to go to rehab but none of it was enough. One by one he lost us all, preferring the company of drink and drugs.

Passing Through

Canon J.John | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Canon J.John

I have a number of friends who are battling cancer with the near certainty that death is coming to them. It's at times like this I realise how little teaching there is on death and how we should face it. It's understandable in a world that doesn't want to talk about death and prefers to hope that there might be an opt-out clause.

Man Drowns In Backyard Pool At Demi Moore's Home

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Entertainment

A man has drowned in a swimming pool at the home of Hollywood actress Demi Moore, reportedly after a party. The body of a 21-year-old man was disco...

Caring for the Dying Has Taught Me the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Ilora Finlay

As a society we are clear that suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted. Legalising assisted suicide flies in the face of that. It sends the message that, if you are terminally ill, ending your life is something that society endorses and that you might want to consider. Is that really the kind of society we want?

Lets Talk About Death, So We Can Get on With Living

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Nimmo

We really don't handle the whole issue of dying well in this country do we? It's just not something spoken about, a taboo subject. We are all going to die so why do we not make sure our wishes are clear so that whenever or wherever it happens those who are left behind know what to do.

Sex, Love and Death... Only One of Which Is a Certainty in Life

Alison Powell | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Powell

When someone dies we are often shocked. Even if that person is ill and therefore their passing is expected to be imminent, I am still yet to lose a loved one to an illness and not be a bit surprised. I am taken aback, maybe slightly affronted.

Climate Change: Threat or Opportunity for Health?

Peter Byass | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Peter Byass

If we eat locally produced healthy food, we reduce carbon emissions and protect ourselves from the risks of various chronic diseases. So each one of us has a challenge - for the sake of the planet and for future generations - to claim the the co-benefits of reducing carbon emissions and improving our health.

World's Oldest Person Dies Aged 116

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who was credited as the world's oldest person has died at the age of 116. Jeralean Talley, from Michigan, passed away on 17 June at her hom...

On Death and Nature

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

ife and death are the great pretenders, the illusionists who compel us to make sense of the hand we have been dealt with and even that is the luck of the draw (or karma, for some). Every day we are challenged and struggle to make sense of our world but that doesn't mean we have to give in to fear, worse yet, to a fear of ourselves.

What We Can Learn From the Dying

Yumiko Sato | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Yumiko Sato

As a hospice music therapist I've met many people whose lives were well lived. But unfortunately, not everyone lives a fulfilled life. Even so, every dying person has something to teach the living.

Crowdfunding is Popular: But Would You Crowdfund Your Funeral?

Emily McLaren | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emily McLaren

It's yet to be seen whether or not funeral crowdfunding will really take off, but with the number of dedicated funeral crowdfunding platforms already out there, there's certainly an audience for it.

Eating A Handful Of Nuts Could Cut Your Cancer Risk

PA | By Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association Health Correspondent | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Eating half a handful of peanuts or nuts a day could help protect against conditions such as cancer and heart disease, researchers have revealed. A...

'Buckets' at the Orange Tree Theatre

Jessie Thompson | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

It's a bit of a problem though - how nice it all is. Adam Barnard's play Buckets, a series of scenes mediating on death, life, happiness, hopes and dreams, often feels like a chocolate selection box full of tweeness, and that's without even mentioning the set compromised of flowers, balloons, and a kid's slide.

Making Difficult Decisions

Naomi Barrow | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Mum probably won't still be here when I graduate. She will probably die whilst I'm still at uni. I have to cram twenty or thirty years of visits into twenty or thirty days/weeks/months. I have to ask all my questions now; predict what I might want to know in years to come. Each birthday might be Mum's last, so rather than forget it I want to make it special.

Burst Balloon: First Introduction to Death for Young Children?

Isabelle Lee | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

We all know children have to learn this lesson eventually: nothing lasts forever. But it's a hard lesson to accept, whether you are a child or an adult. And nothing teaches it quite so simply or eloquently as a balloon. There is no escape from balloon grief!

Failings in Care Should Not Pave the Way for a Physician Assisted Dying Bill

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to distress; those providing care, whether care assistant, family, nurse or doctor need to know they are supported in doing what the patient needs, not shackled by risk averse attitudes that paralyse common sense and hinder care provision.

Can we really mourn the deaths of people we barely know?

Dale Lately | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Lately

My dad passed away last night, the post in my newsfeed said. I stopped and looked it over. Should I comment? Was that appropriate? Part of me was begi...