#Grief

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

You secretly weep when you see pregnant women, as it's a reminder of what you no longer have. However if you envy that woman, it's always tinged with guilt, as you are acutely aware that she might be one of the one in four- expecting a baby following loss.

What NOT to Say to Those in Grief: Part Two

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

Harsh words spoken from the lips of children can provide a bit of laughter. Harsh words spoken from the lips of adults sting. Here are some more examples of what not to say to those that are grieving, this time as taken from adults:

Give Me Flowers Now, Thank You

Sonja Lewis | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Flowers are one of the most straightforward ways of expressing appreciation, love, sorrow and grief. However, nowadays, for the latter occasion, many bereaved families, for one reason or another, request donations to a charity instead of flowers.

Are You Seriously Asking Me That?

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

Today's post follows an interesting interview I had on the radio. The interviewer, through no fault of his own, clearly had no understanding of baby loss. He sadly resorted to many clichéd lines, which are regularly handed out to those who are unfortunate enough to know first-hand the sad reality of losing a much wanted child.

What NOT to Say to Those In Grief: A Lesson From Seven-Year-Olds

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

It was seven years ago that I lost my first husband in a tragic plane crash. At the time I was a second grade teacher and just the other day I came across the letters that my students wrote after his death.

Na-Nu Na-Nu

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Zoe Clark-Coates

What a tragic loss to the world of comedy. Without writing any more words you know who I am speaking of....the legend that is Robin Williams.

There Is Healing in the Weeping

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

When babies are born we hope they come out crying so we know they are OK. However, somewhere along the line, tears stop showing the world we are healthy and that we are fine. Instead, the tears seem to start telling people that we are emotionally unstable and suggest that we aren't coping.

Please Don't Tell Me I'm 'Lucky' My Parents Are Already Dead

Emma Clarke | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Clarke

Although it seems a lifetime ago, it feels like yesterday. Time doesn't heal; it just makes grief go out of focus. And anything can bring it sharply back again: a photograph, a scent, a memory or just the endless yearning pall of homesickness so familiar to people who've lost their parents too early.

The Hardest Job in the World

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

With those I know well, its: 'How are things with you?', 'Oh, you know. Nothing yet.' Sometimes, in my head (and once out loud) I shout 'You can't out-complain me! Your baby is alive and mine is dead!'

They Threw Our Baby in the Bin

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

We wish we had ticked the other box, the box that stated 'yes' we would have our baby back. However, like many parents, we were given minutes to decide, before I was rushed down to theatre. In those few minutes we sat traumatised. We were in shock...

Change and Acceptance on the Road to Happiness

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

This is not to say that you should be skipping in the fields when sad or upsetting things happen. Acceptance is not about resignation, ignoring reality or doing nothing. It's about fully acknowledging what has happened, seeing it for what it is and then finding your way to let it go.

Letting Grief Re-Define What Time and Success Mean

Debbie Leven | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Leven

Losing friends or family always makes you contemplate about life. Maybe it's also about being older and having different priorities, understanding that it's not the material things that really make a difference or bring happiness. When I was told the news that my friend had passed away I remember my immediate reaction was 'I thought there was more time.'

Coaching Butterflies...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

n an R.E lesson the subject conveniently turned to the afterlife, and, without needing any cue, Freddy got up and spoke wonderfully in front of the whole class about Jade and most poignantly about how he sees her as a beautiful butterfly. Heart melting stuff and Ms H took the golden opportunity to elaborate and congratulate Freddy on such a brave show of emotion. Realising she was beneath the barrier, something wonderful happened between teacher and pupil and an understanding was made. This was confirmed when a Loom-band bracelet appeared anonymously on her desk with a note proclaiming her to be the best teacher in the world.

Coaching Through Grief

Jeff Brazier | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Something so harrowing happened today that I can't get it off my mind. I took the children to watch the Tour de France come tearing through the tiny country lanes in a neighbouring village and I ended up comforting a woman as she watched her husband slipping away before her very eyes. I just can't comprehend what she must be feeling right now.

Sisters in Grief: A Young Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

The Third of May, 2007 was the day that my husband Mark died. The Third of May, 2007 was the day that I, for the first time in my otherwise rather charmed life, wished death upon myself. I was only 29 years old. Almost everything in my life has changed since then.

Fathers Day Without a Father

Jenny_Anderson | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny_Anderson

My dad died four years ago this August. I often think of him and especially so when important dates approach. Oddly, I think of him most around Fathers Day. I say oddly because I anticipated that his birthday, or the anniversary of his death, would impact me more. It doesn't

Loss and Grief Meet Gratitude, Inner Strength and Resilience

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

In the course of everyday life it's easy for me to sit back on my meditation cushion and assert that my heart and mind are equanimous, that I possess inner peace, strength and resilience and that I'm able to handle whatever life throws at me with an open heart.

Embracing Unexpected Moments of Happiness in Grief

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Soon after my wife was killed in November 2012 I decided to start a blog. Through it I would create a record of raw and live grief as it happened, as well as documenting my attempts at somehow rebuilding my life after the shock of becoming a widower at just 33.

Writing Helped Me to Overcome Grief of Double Epilepsy Loss

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

It is scary to think that epilepsy can strike the old or young and at any time. According to Epilepsy Action, there are currently 600,000 people across the UK living with epilepsy.

Grief-Stricken Macaque Monkey Cradles Dead Baby (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK

These heart-breaking images show a mother macaque monkey tenderly holding her dead baby in her arms. Wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley capture...

For My Dad: In Awe of Spring

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

England is on the verge of breaking into full spring at the moment; some trees are in full bloom, some are only halfway through while others are only just starting to show signs of life. Seeing the resilience and beauty of nature is reassuring and feels somehow symbolic of how my dad is willing me and my family to move through our still overwhelming grief.

The Steely Bitch Called Loss

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

Grieving is the bodies way of letting go. Trust your body, it has millions of years of knowing what to do when it comes to loss. Our natural response is to be strong, keep going, to not look back, stiff upper lip and all that. But doing that only stuffs down the feelings and they will eventually come up somewhere or somehow like depression, anger, drinking and drugs.

#findisobelhat: Come On Internet, Let's Help This Mother Find Her Late Daughter's Stolen Hat

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

A grieving mother’s appeal to find the stolen hat of her late baby daughter is gathering pace. Katie McGregor’s bag was stolen from a London p...

Intruding On Celebrity Grief - Do We Need to See It?

Penny Fordham | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Penny Fordham

Just 10-days ago came the sad news that the beautiful L'Wren Scott had passed away. I, like many other people, was shocked and read the 'breaking news' stories as they appeared online, wondering what had happened - it's human nature, I believe, to look for answers.

David Moyes (P)out

Nicolas Berg | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Sport
Nicolas Berg

Apart from his first couple of games, which included a Community Shield victory and a perfect start of the season away at Swansea, David Moyes has struggled ever since in his reign at United. And in hindsight of the two embarrassing losses against City and Liverpool, both by a 3-0 scoreline, a decision is, for me, inevitable. He must depart and here are nine reasons why.