Five Things NOT To Say When Someone Has A Family Member With Cancer

Rochelle Bugg | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rochelle Bugg

How do you comfort someone whose world is in the process of spinning off its axis? You want to be supportive but when you open your mouth you realise you have NO IDEA what to say so just blurt something out and hope for the best but worry the whole drive home that you offended them.

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Parents Share Heartbreaking Images Of Moment Son Dies From Meningitis

Mercury Press | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents

Warning: Readers may find the images in this article upsetting. The heartbreaking moment an eight-month-old baby died in his mum’s arms has been s...

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...

What Chronic Illness Looks Like Behind Closed Doors

Amani Omejer | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Living with chronic illness is lonely as fuck. I spend so much time on my own -- more time than I ever expected to spend on my own, or have ever wanted to. There is so, so, much of my life that people don't see.

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.

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.

Grieving Mum Takes Baby Who Died Home From Hospital To Take Photos To Remember

Caters | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mother has shared heartbreaking photographs taken to commemorate her baby daughter who died when she was just four weeks old. Charlotte Szakacs, fro...

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.

It Took A Barracuda Attack To Make Me Realise I Wanted To Live

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

life less ordinary banner The barracuda was right there; lurking. It was enormous, with great black marks like portholes down its side and teeth that made me shiver. It was side on when I first saw it and about 20 metres away but it flipped in less than a second to face-on and came towards me so fast it was like a blur.

Manchester By The Sea: Navigating Through Loss And Grief

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Amisha Bhavsar

As I walked into the screening room with a bunch of seasoned reviewers and critics, to watch Manchester by the Sea - I have to confess, I had seen the...

Heartbreaking Photoshoot Captures Twins Final Moments Together

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Parents

A couple who spent years trying for a baby were overwhelmed with sadness when they were told one of their twins would be stillborn. Lyndsay and Matthe...

The Minefield Of Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Well you never know what support, or lack of support, will be offered to you. You have no idea whether those around you will say helpful things or hurtful things, so as you are walking on this uncharted and terrifying path you are constantly waiting for a bomb to be detonated.

My Secret Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

So those are my reasons. That is why I didn't tell anyone we had lost our first baby for quite some time, in fact it wasn't until we lost our third baby that we became much more open about our journey to have children.

'Holly': A Word Used To Describe A Beautiful And Bright Being

Leyah Shanks | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leyah Shanks

Losing her has left behind an empty part of me. She will always occupy a space of my heart. As I write this, I find it difficult not to get emotional. She really was my best friend. She taught me how to love and that your spirit is stronger than anything the world can throw at it. I will forever be grateful to her for that. Sleep well, my friend. I will always miss you.

Good Grief: Tweet It And Weep

Katie Grace | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

Why do we tweet #RIP? I follow around 300 people on Twitter, and I have seen a good 50% of my following base tweet their condolences to George Michael, links to their favourite songs, tributes and photos. It begs a difficult question - has grieving the death of a celebrity translated to an opportunity to gain Twitter standing?

Rediscovering Christmas - Life After My Wife's Suicide

Gary Marson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gary Marson

I opened the box of Christmas decorations as carefully and as nervously as an archaeologist might approach a long lost haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure. This, to me, was much more precious; a collection not of gold but memories, a time capsule of the way things used to be, before.

How To Deal With Christmas When The Magic Has Gone

Juliette Lambert-Heduy | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Juliette Lambert-Heduy

Even if it is painful, even if my heart will be tight and heavy, I will wear my sparkling festive clothes, I will smile, and most importantly, I will do all I can to pass on the Christmas magic to my own little bundle of joy, currently growing inside me. And who knows, maybe this little angel will bring me back the magic...

Comfort And Joy

Julia David | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julia David

Grief isn't Christmassy. Yet grief is a fundamental part of Christmas for so many people. This may be a despairing, raw grief at a recent death or a silent, lingering grief from a loss suffered long ago. I expected the first Christmas after my Dad passed away to be difficult but I didn't foresee the cauldron of conflicting emotions of the last few weeks.

Boy's Letter To Dad Who Died Sparks Stranger's Appeal For Help To Grant His Christmas Wishes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents

A boy’s letter to his father who died has sparked an online appeal to get strangers to fulfil all his Christmas wishes. The letter was found attache...

Grief Changes You

Deborah Hitchins | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Hitchins

Grief changes you. You can let it consume you or you can let it awash your world with positives. What do you choose? To remain in the shade covered i...

Magpie - Film Review

Sam Coleman | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sam Coleman

If i were to rate the film Magpie, I could not conceive it getting less than 5/5 stars. A truly compelling masterpiece of melancholy. The Review Th...

How To Cope When Faced With The Reality Of A Family Passing

Philip De Ste Croix | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philip De Ste Croix

Philip De Ste Croix, head of future planning at Damsons shares practical and emotional advice for parents and families, who are faced with telling the...

How To Do Christmas When Your World Has Ended

Poorna Bell | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Last year, when my husband Rob died, I sacked off Christmas. I didn't buy any presents, I didn't give a fuck about the John Lewis advert and I left the country to spend it in India. And people, I loved Christmas. The lights in Oxford Circus. Pigs in blankets, mulled wine, all the cheesy jingles Spotify can muster into a playlist. It was a time when we spent it as a family with my sister and parents, and Rob would cook Christmas day dinner. We'd fight over Strictly and Doctor Who. Our dog Daisy would clamber over all the presents believing them to be hers. I couldn't imagine celebrating it again without feeling overwhelmed by the absence of him. But this year, we've decided to spend it again as a family.

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...

Labour MP Breaks Down In House Of Commons Over Death Of 8-Year-Old Son

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents

A Labour MP tried to hold back tears as she shared the story of her eight-year-old son’s death, in a House of Commons debate about child funeral cos...