#Grief

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...

Miscarriage - It Happened To Me

Joanne Martin | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Joanne Martin

The words ring in your ears. Everything around you slows down and blurs. The words feel heavy on your skin as they sink in. You can feel your heart beating fast and loud and your chest begins to hurt. Your eyes swim with tears. You feel a slow numbness creep up your body from your toes, until you can't feel yourself anymore. You're hot and numb.

Long Time Gone. A Note To My Father

Jane Scott | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Scott

I don't know why you have been on my mind so much lately, it's twelve and a half years since you died. Perhaps it is watching your small, wobbly granddaughter achieving her small significant steps, and hurting that you never met her or knew of her struggles. Perhaps seeing her adoration of her own doting Daddy.

Four-Year-Old Girl In Heartbreaking Cancer Treatment Photo Shared Worldwide Has Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Parents

A four-year-old girl whose image captured the hearts of thousands around the world has died from cancer. Jessica Whelan, from Lancashire, was diagnose...

Making Time To Listen To Bereaved Children

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

You see, children, like adults, continue to have a relationship with the deceased. What's often not the same for young kids, though, is that they will have to fill in gaps that their memories don't offer up freely. They have to make believe.

The Good Samaritans

Michael Volpe | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Volpe

Today, I think many of us spend much of our time in some form of mild despair; it is a tough world. But social ills can be compounded by the human experience of bereavement and the irony that in a connected world, people have scarcely been more "lonely" as we retreat into our cyber-worlds, advertising our fabulous lives for all to see.

Children And Grief - We Need To #MakeTime2Listen

Beth Phillips | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Beth Phillips

It is over three and a half years since my husband, Dunc, aged 39, went to play football and never came home. He collapsed on the pitch and died a short time later. At 5:40pm, Dunc had kissed us all goodbye and told us that he loved us. By 6:40pm, the world for Sam, Tom and I had changed forever.

Overcoming Grief At Christmas

Julia Burness | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Burness

I am practically seconds away from putting up a tree. However it has actually taken a while for me to get back into the idea of Christmas since my father died and I am totally empathetic to anyone that has lost someone and is facing the daunting prospect of a nostalgic Christmas ahead. My dad used to enjoy this season so much that it is literally impossible not to think about and miss him.

Breastfeeding Mums Find Strength By 'Nourishing' Sons At Grandfather's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents

Two sisters shared a photo of themselves breastfeeding their sons at their grandfather’s funeral as a symbol of them finding strength. The mums, who...

No Guarantee Of Shore

Roberta Verdant | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

She must find a boat and sail in it. No guarantee of shore. Only a conviction that what she wanted could exist, if she dared to find it. - Jeanette W...

Devastated By Trump's Win? Here's How To Feel Better

Andre Spicer | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Andre Spicer

Going into mourning following an election might seem strange. However, it's actually quite normal. Election results can be traumatic life events for some. This is what happened when the British people voted to leave the European Union.

Four-Year-Old Girl Wears Late Mum's Wedding Dress To Honour Her Last Wish

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents

A four-year-old girl put on her late mum’s wedding dress for a photoshoot at the venue where her parents got married. Nora’s mum, Amber Davis, who...

5 Men On Losing The Women They Love And How They Handled Grief

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It’s no secret that a large proportion of men feel uncomfortable or unable to show emotion, even in front of those they love. But when it comes to g...

Nine-Year-Old's Heartbreaking Cover Of Adele's 'Hello' For Dad Who Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents

A nine-year-old girl sung a heartbreaking cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’ because she felt the lyrics matched how she felt about her dad who died. Sadi...

Why Play Therapy Isn't Always Fun

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Seyderhelm

When a child enters the Play Therapy room for the first time, they can choose to play with any of the toys: puppets, sand tray, musical instruments, dressing up clothes, paints, crayons, clay. In non-directive play, the therapist respects the child's choice, and plays along with them, to build up rapport, trust, and attachment.

An Open Letter To The Woman Who Has Just Miscarried

Lucy Howard | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Howard

I know that you blame yourself for the death of your baby. You wonder if there is something that you could have done to prevent the miscarriage. And you feel a failure. I know that you worry that this miscarriage will affect your relationship. You fear that the grief will drive a wedge between you.

Dear Mum, It's Been A Year Since You Died

Naomi Barrow | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The world is a little darker without you in it. A little duller. Your laugh no longer bounces off the walls of the house. Your arms no longer gather me into a hug when I walk through the door. Your smile doesn't greet me as I come up the drive.

Making Time To Grieve

Mark Oborn | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Oborn

When Claire died in 2013 I found myself struggling to focus on work, family and running the house. I was always fighting off the urge to fall apart, continuously struggling with being alert and focused.

How Do You Celebrate A Dead Person's Birthday?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

24th September, Mum's 54th birthday (or do you stop counting when someone dies?) passed, just as every other day has. People often say that they hope their loved ones are celebrating wherever they are but I'm not sure I believe in heaven, or an afterlife. I'm not sure I believe that Mum is alive in another world, space or time. I think she's probably just dead. But her spirit and everything she's taught us will live on in us.

Life, The Universe And Everything: Five Things I Learnt At A Death Cafe

Jessica Hanson | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

I was open minded, but couldn't help but feel that the whole experience would be incredibly awkward. Thankfully, Aly and her co-host, Gina Awad of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, made it relaxed, friendly and thought-provoking. Here are just a few things I learnt in my two hours discussing all things death, dying and bereavement.

Finding My Way After Losing My Mum

Caron Kemp | Posted 18.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caron Kemp

I never knew pain until I went to see my mum and she wasn't there. Grief is something intangible. It has no parameters, no manual, no plan. It crashed into my life and physically took my breath away; weighing me down with such force and suffocating me with its intensity.

#RIP: The Virtual Reality Of Grieving Online

Jessica Hanson | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Tech
Jessica Hanson

It is clear that mourning and grief are being moved into a digital space. It was happening before developers even realised it; social media became a natural extension of daily life and all its rituals. But what is not clear is if that transition has an impact on the value of those mourning behaviours. Can a virtual candle ever be as meaningful as a real one?

The Colours Of Grief - Ten Years Without You!

Lizzie Jones | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Jones

I'll never forget the most concerned look that I've ever been given as I got led to a private room and got made to sit down as three teachers had to explain to me all over again that you were dead.

Losing A Parent When Pregnant

Rebecca Moseley | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents
Rebecca Moseley

thriving families.jpg So here we are, hoping for better days, for the grief to ease a little and for the sleepless nights to rush by; but at the same time wanting to press the pause button on my two little miracles. Just stop and live in the moment, breathe in the warm, baby scent of N, and delight in M's transformation into a proud big sister, so independent already but still needing her mummy.