Childlessness: Is It A Gift Or An Affliction?

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

I am not someone who tried tirelessly to have a family; who spent thousands of pounds and years of my life on failed IVF treatments; who received a devastating diagnosis of unexplained infertility; who tried and failed to adopt; who miscarried; or whose child tragically died. Nor am I someone who's imagined herself as a mother throughout her adult life.

I Will Always Regret Not Donating My Dead Son's Heart

Ali Reynolds | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Ali Reynolds

life less ordinary banner It was a snap decision that you don't ever expect to have to make - and many years later this is a decision I have come to regret. Because of my ignorance and lack of understanding someone may have died that day waiting for a heart. I live with that guilt today.

Living With Grief

Caron Kemp | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caron Kemp

I've lost count of the number of times people have told me how strong I am. Considering I rarely set foot in a gym and my body bears the sagging signs of having carried three children, I'd be surprised if they meant physically so. Rather, they're talking about the resilience I've shown since losing my mum to cancer last summer.

Jeff Brazier Speaks About Freddie And Bobby's Favourite Memory Of Late Jade Goody

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Parents

Jeff Brazier has opened up about his sons’ favourite memory of their mum Jade Goody. The dad, 38, said his sons - Freddie, 12, and Bobby, 14, - ofte...

Are Your Regrets Ruining Your Life?

Karin Sieger | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Regrets are human, we all have them. If not managed carefully, regrets can cause self-loathing, anxiety and depression. What to do, when we struggle with regrets?

Couple Pose With Newborn Baby And Show Their Angel Wing Tattoos For Poignant Reason

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents

A couple who posed for a family photo displaying their tattooed angel wings each side of their newborn baby have moved people to tears. Steven and Glo...

Mum-To-Be's Maternity Photoshoot Has A Heartbreaking Back Story

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents

A photographer has shared photos from a heartbreaking maternity shoot with a mother-to-be whose husband tragically died just months before. Shanna Log...

Losing A Friend To Cancer

Kim Ormond | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Ormond

Since Tanja's death, I have been speaking regularly to her son on the phone. He has only seen me a few times but has always been aware of "auntie Keti" and has made it clear he is always happy to hear from me and that makes me happy. Every time we talk, it feels as if Tanja is still there in the background, making his supper, tidying his room or getting ready for next day at work.

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...

Meeting The People Who Have My Son's Organs Made Me Feel Whole Again

Deanna Santana | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK
Deanna Santana

life less ordinary banner We learned that Scott saved the lives of five people through organ donation, gave sight to two through cornea donation, and has restored mobility to 73 others through his tissue donation. These gifts that Scott gave helped carry me through the darkest days of my life and we began to volunteer for Sierra Donor Services, the organ/tissue procurement organisation that facilitated Scott's donation.

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...

'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 ...

Bradley Lowery's Family And Friends To Wear Football Shirts At Funeral

PA for HuffPost UK | By Press Association Reporter | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Parents

Family and friends will wear football shirts when the funeral of six-year-old mascot Bradley Lowery takes place on Friday. Bradley, whose battle wi...

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.

From Grief To Anxiety - Writing Is Boss

Tom Walters | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Walters

When I was 22 I lost my brother. He developed cancer of the spinal fluid which eventually spread to his brain and succumbed to his illness in late 2006 - from the first headaches to his last breath, the illness took ten months to take him away.

Widower Tells Facebook He's Feeling 'Isolated' And The Response He Gets Is Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A widower has been left “overwhelmed” by the kind response he’s received from strangers after writing an appeal for company on Facebook. Patrick...

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...

Why It Is Okay To Grieve When You're Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness

Anna Gaunt | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

everybody I wouldn't be the strong, empathetic, open-minded, make-the-most-of-everyday kind of person that I am. When I talk to people about my illness, I am very often met with confusion or pity. You should know that you shouldn't feel pity, because I don't either. This is my life now, and it's a bloody good one at that.

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...