#Grief

Heartbreaking Podcast Tells The Story Of How This Mum Told Her Kids She Was Dying Of Cancer

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum-of-two who blogged about having terminal bowel cancer and telling her kids she was going to die, has had her words brought to life in a heartbre...

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.

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 ...

Jeff Brazier Opens Up About How Jade Goody Sent Him A Sign On The Day She Died

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents

Jeff Brazier has opened up about the ‘sign’ Jade Goody sent him the day she died, and how it helped him to tell his sons that their mother had pas...

Losing A Parent And Losing Yourself In The Process

Adrienne Titley | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

Of all the inevitabilities in life, death is the scariest one. As a child you grow up thinking your parents are invincible, that they're going to live forever. Then comes a day when a distressing thought invades your mind - "what would I do if I lost one of my parents?".

Prince William Opens Up About Mental Health And Losing His Mother: 'I Still Find It Difficult'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The Duke of Cambridge has opened up about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in a candid interview ahead of the 20th anniversary of he...

A Mum Shares: How To Help A Friend Whose Child Is Dying

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared the ways in which her friends helped her while she was caring for her dying daughter. Vicky Whyte, from Northern Ireland, is sharing ...

I Escaped Moors Murderers Myra Hindley And Ian Brady

Tommy Rhattigan | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Tommy Rhattigan

life less ordinary banner Turning off the main street, Hindley paused for a moment, allowing me to get closer to her. By the time I had hurried the short distance to reach her, she'd already opened the front door of her house, beckoning to me with her gloved hand to come quickly. And I upped my pace to her. Ian Brady suddenly appeared from nowhere and was beside me, his hand on my shoulder, guiding me gently through the open doorway and into the house. I looked straight up at him and our eyes had met briefly. Turning his gaze away from mine, Brady closed the front door behind us.

Happy Meals Do Not Equal Happy Lives

Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE

Bereavement is a hugely sensitive subject to tackle in the media, and should be done with upmost sensitivity and respect. The beginning into the middle of the advert headed in the right direction; and viewers were drawn in to the storyline - in fact it reminded me of our own Mother's Day video, which received much support online.

McDonald's Pulls Grieving Child Advert After It Was Criticised For Being 'Exploitative'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Parents

McDonald’s is pulling its new TV advert from screens following criticism that it “exploited child bereavement”. The ‘Dad’ advert, showing a ...

A Long Goodbye: When Dementia Takes Someone You Love

Jessica Hanson | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

Slowly, painfully slowly, the good days were fewer and fewer, and our visits mainly consisted of us trying to make conversation with someone who barely knew we were there. My grandma would dutifully feed him biscuits when we visited. A woman in the corner of the day room, with white hair that stood on end, screamed periodically like a crowing rooster. The nurses seemed kind.

Thriving And Surviving - Mental Health Awareness Week

Victoria Milligan | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Milligan

I have two children away at school and one at home, no husband to look forward to seeing in the evening or to prepare a meal for, much of my focus went. I have had to get used to this very different life and expand my life in other ways to fill the holes that have been left.

What I Learned About Happiness After Losing My Family To Unhappiness

Leah Sian Davies | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leah Sian Davies

When I heard the news that my brother had ended his own life, I knew I would never be the same again. In the car journey to my family that night, in the midst of the feelings of shock, fear, sickness and confusion, there was something inside telling me that I had to step up, something that took over me and I knew I would have to be something that I had never been before.

Mum Shares Her Grief As Baby Whose Brother Comforted Him After Cancer Diagnosis Has Died

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents

A baby boy whose mum captured a poignant photograph of the moment his big brother comforted him after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, has died....

Why Coping Is Overrated: How Therapy Helped Me Through My Mother's Death

Angela Brightwell | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Brightwell

Every Wednesday lunchtime, for about a year, I sloped off from my office desk, alone. Away from the shiny soulless glass buildings of Canary Wharf, towards the fishy world of Billingsgate Market, and the little bobbing private narrowboats of the marina.

To The Mother-In-Law I Never Had

Beverley Ward | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

You were by far the best mother-in-law I've ever had, even though your son wasn't there to see it. I want to thank you, Pat. I hope that you are with him now where both of us so longed to be. I hope you look down and see that, it is partly because of you that I can still smile and live on with your memories in my heart.

Miscarriage: My Little Angel With Wings

Kathryn Whittaker | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kathryn Whittaker

The physical pain I was in was nothing compared to the emotional pain that hit me like a train. I cried and cried and felt like a failure. I apologised to Paul who was with me the whole way through this traumatic experience. Of course he told me I had nothing at all to apologise for, which I now know is true. The doctors were really helpful and empathetic.

This Simple Journal Lets You Leave A Lasting Legacy When You Die

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Verna Scott-Culkin’s father and mother-in-law passed away, her family was left with a huge void to fill. It was then that Verna, a swimming tea...

Grief Is Not A Mental Illness

Naomi Barrow | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

It's important to go to your GP if we feel as though you're struggling with mental illness. But it's also important to remember that feeling is normal, feeling is okay. It's normal to feel sad, upset or low at times, especially if someone close to use has died.

I Would Do It Again

Beverley Ward | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

'Two lovers, destined to be together, miss their chance repeatedly, spend their lives apart having a pretty miserable time, finally unite and then, just when things are going great, he dies and her life is ruined'. Maybe it makes a good weepy but it's certainly not an easy story to write a sequel to and, left here without you, that is, essentially, what I have to do.

Jacob

Claire Frances | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Frances

I started bleeding on Christmas Day, not a lot, just a little; small brown stains, just enough to notice. Sharp pains followed, shooting up my tummy. But then they were gone. The day went by, a blur of smiles and anxiety, trying to be normal so not to rouse suspicions from a family who were non-the-wiser

Why Travel Is Better Than Bereavement Therapy

Caroline Menzies | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Menzies

A couple of months into my trip, it was the anniversary of Laurens' death. It was a difficult day and speaking to his Mother made me long to be commemorating the day with them. That night, I slept in the desert in Jaisalmer, and let myself cry for him and all he was missing out on. But as I gazed up at the stars, I was reminded that whist he'll always be the brightest star in my sky, the universe still has a lot to offer me.

Poppy

Claire Frances | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Frances

We drove around for hours, tears rolled down our cheeks, crying together; for you, for us, for what we had and what could have been. We pulled up on the moors and watched the burnt red and orange sunset; like a poppy painted into the sky until it disappeared. We could feel you with us.

Memorial Tattoos: How Getting Inked Is Helping People Deal With Grief

Jessica Hanson | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

"I wanted to get a tattoo, I think to have a physical connection still with him. Yes, I claimed a hoody and a favourite shirt of his, but I wanted something to represent the fact that our love never spoiled. Something that marked me as his. I think if I was thinking rationally at the time, that's how I would have put my feelings into words."

My Miscarriages Made Me

Claire Frances | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Frances

Accept what's happened. Our babies weren't meant to live on this earth. They came for a little while and then they had to leave. Accepting that your baby has passed is one of strongest things you will ever do. It allows you space to breath, to move forwards and to cherish what you did have, while you had it.