Good Grief! How I Used Dad's Death to Get What I Want

Jack Rooke | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Jack Rooke

Back at school I was given a small yellow card that meant I could get out of class if I felt I was struggling emotionally in a lesson. Soon enough I was walking in and out of classrooms whenever I liked, whether I was sad or not.

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Alex Reid | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alex Reid

Obviously the lion's share of my life has been dedicated to training, pushing my body to its physical limits and enduring all that comes with that lifestyle. Not only has this always helped me stay in shape, it has also helped me keep a clear head, to focus my mind when all around me may be chaotic. This, thankfully, has served me well in the last month.

Finding Joy After the Tears

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

First let me state this...by being happier that does not mean I don't miss my children, as I do. It also does not mean I am glad to have gone through loss, as I am not. I wish with my whole heart they were now with me and I would gladly hand back the lifelong journey of grief.

I Was Never Falling in Love Again - No One Was More Surprised Than Me When I Did

Helen Bailey | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Bailey

New love doesn't erase old loss and cure grief, but brings with it complicated emotions and painful reminders. It's not easy living in a household that has only come together because of the death of other people, but losing those we love has made us cherish what we have now. I was never going to fall in love again, and no one is more surprised than me that I did.

Two Very Different Moves

Naomi Barrow | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

When I ordered new bedding (my new place has a bigger bed), it reminded me of that day I spent with Mum in York. A happy memory, but a memory nonetheless, one that can never be repeated. Packing up my things, I relived moments that have happened in that room. It was my home, my safe place, throughout Mum's illness.

Becoming a Cancer Widower

John Piears | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
John Piears

Watching the person I love die slowly in front me of me was excruciating. The whole scenario of coming into a place where you just had to lie there and wait to die was hideous and the enormity of the situation was impossible to comprehend.

Bereavement Is Just the Beginning

Louise Whitehill-Smith | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Whitehill-Smith

I had never really experienced death until I lost my grandfather in 2014. Four weeks later, my mother was diagnosed as terminally ill, and she passed in March 2015. These were excruciating losses, but little did I know that this was just the beginning of losing people from my life.

Grieving Couple Face Unexpected £1,000 Bill For Baby's Funeral

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents

A couple were unexpectedly given a bill of £1,000 for their son's funeral after a mistake by the Department of Work and Pensions. Nadia Oldale, 24...

Why We Must Break the Silence Around Stillbirths to Fulfil Our Pledge to Women and Children

Robin Gorna | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Gorna

Stillbirth does not have to be a difficult topic. We need to end the silence. We cannot keep silent and let women and families drown in overwhelming feelings of grief and helplessness.

David Bowie, Princess Diana and a Boy on a Beach

Daniel Warner | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Warner

The death of a very famous person or a very famous death, allow us to project our own emotions upon them. It can be easier to express our grief about someone we feel we know, or our outrage at some injustice to five hundred Facebook friends or a thousand twitter followers, than it can to be deal with the real emotions we are feeling.

Real Love Never Dies: Losing My Dad

Tracey Morgan | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

A lot of people close to me are losing family members and friends at the moment and I really wish I could take the hit for them, the pain is excruciating and nothing can prepare you, but everyone will get through it, we are all way stronger than we think.

The Show Must Go On...

Alex Reid | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alex Reid

We knew Dad's illness was terminal, none of us were ready for how quickly it progressed. None of us were prepared to say goodbye quite so soon. When I received the call to say Dad had died, I felt like the air had been sucked out of the room. Nothing you do can steady your soul for that moment, the moment your life changes forever.

Life After Baby Loss

Aimee Foster | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

My husband and I bathed Grace, put a new nappy on her, cut a lock of her hair and took hand and foot prints. We took as many photos as possible, with the unspoken and grim realisation that they would be the only ones we would ever take.

How Do Political Parties Take Defeat?

Seth Alexander Thevoz | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Seth Alexander Thevoz

Understandably, much attention tends to focus on election winners -- to the victors go the spoils. Studying the habits of those in government seems endlessly more fascinating, revealing, and rewarding; and on a psychological level, everybody likes a winner and nobody likes a loser.

If You Make One New Year's Resolution This Year: Make It to Talk About Death

Naomi Barrow | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Maybe death isn't something you really want to think about at the start of the New Year (let's face it, there are more fun things to think about). Perhaps you think you're not old enough to discuss it. Maybe it's not the most exciting of topics to chat about over a few pints, or maybe it is, but either way I challenge you to talk about it.

When Cancer Meets Christmas

Naomi Barrow | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I don't feel Christmassy this year. I've tried to hide from it, if I'm honest. It reminds me of Mum and I don't feel strong enough for that at the moment. We're going to a family friend's house. We've known them since I was six weeks old and they're practically family, but we've never been to their house on Christmas day before so it's a new kind of Christmas for us.

There's a Mess in My Head

Naomi Barrow | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

My head is a mess. I want my Mum, I need her, but I also want to not want or need anything. I want to be independent and get my life back and do everything and be everywhere; but I sit here at my desk and just thinking about going to the supermarket feels like planning a trip to the far side of the earth and fills me with panic.

My First Christmas as a Widow

Julia Bryson | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Bryson

I know that when Christmas comes I will be brave, and the actual day will be much better than the build-up. We're going to spend it with my parents, my sister and her family and there will be so many happy kids around I know I'll find it hard to feel too sad - or even have the time! But on Christmas Day I'll be thinking of Rog, wherever his soul may be, and sending him all the love in the world.

Allow Our Children to Grieve

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Yesterday you spoke on Radio 4's Today programme, and said children are not permitted to take more than one day off school if a family member dies. I think we were not the only people who sat open mouthed as these words came from your mouth.

Sheryl Sandberg On How Grieving For Her Husband On Facebook Helped Her Heal

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sheryl Sandberg has opened up about how sharing a single status on Facebook helped her grieve for her husband and heal. The Facebook COO said that ...

The Pain of Losing My Best Friend

Lizzie Green | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Green

I would love to be able to write a touching article about how I feel my friend is at peace now, and not in pain anymore. However, truth to be told, I miss her and can't bear the thought that her life was cut short, at only 18.

You Don't Know How Lucky You Are

Naomi Barrow | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Having illness and death enter my life grounded me with somewhat of a bump. In some ways, it has set me apart from most of my peers. I have this weird filter on things in life now; I'm all too aware of how fragile and temporary things are. It affects my life in many ways, some positive and some not so positive.

Lessons From the 27 Club

Ed Green | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Green

Ok, so I'm no musician. And clearly still alive. But I got as near to an insider view of this Club as you can get, because my twin sister Jenny died just days away from our 28th birthday.

Six Ways to Wade Through the Waves of Grief

David Lancefield | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Lancefield

I wasted far too much energy and emotion on challenging the situation we face. The inequity of all of it. I looked to the lives of others for examples of what we hoped for; it all looked rosier even though I only saw a partial view of their true lives. Then I decided to stop it.

One Month Without Mum

Naomi Barrow | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Some days are okay; I can smile, laugh, work, see people and generally live life. Other days are hard and I have to just be patient with myself. I miss her. I miss her so much. But I can live my life alongside missing her. Most importantly, despite missing her, I can still be kind to myself.