Memorial Tattoos: How Getting Inked Is Helping People Deal With Grief

Jessica Hanson | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

"I wanted to get a tattoo, I think to have a physical connection still with him. Yes, I claimed a hoody and a favourite shirt of his, but I wanted something to represent the fact that our love never spoiled. Something that marked me as his. I think if I was thinking rationally at the time, that's how I would have put my feelings into words."

My Miscarriages Made Me

Claire Frances | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Frances

Accept what's happened. Our babies weren't meant to live on this earth. They came for a little while and then they had to leave. Accepting that your baby has passed is one of strongest things you will ever do. It allows you space to breath, to move forwards and to cherish what you did have, while you had it.

How To Survive Your Grief

Poorna Bell | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

It's been nearly two years since my husband Rob passed away by suicide, proving that time can be both elastic and uncompromising. Elastic in that if I close my eyes, I can almost hear his voice in the next room. Uncompromising in that time moves on, relentlessly, even when I haven't been ready to let go or accept that he is really gone. Although there are circumstances that make each and every type of bereavement unique - mine was that Rob was my spouse, had depression and struggled with addiction - there is a universality in how we, as human beings, deal with grief.

We Can't All Be Butterflies In Grief

Beverley Ward | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

This time last year I was mostly amongst friends and holding it together pretty well in company until, one evening, one of the participants didn't come down for dinner and I found myself drowning in panic thinking that he might be dead. I stood up, excused myself and rushed sobbing to my room and didn't stop crying for hours.

Prince Harry Is My Hero

Leigh Van Der Horst | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Van Der Horst

There is no shame in honesty. Look for the people in your life who can handle your honesty. Open yourself up to people who you can trust with your emotions and feelings. Let the wall down, even just a little. Once you are honest with yourself and others, you can really begin to heal and open your heart to a much happier life.

Not Everybody Rises From The Dead: Why Easter Can Bring Back Grief

Kylie Abreu | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Abreu

Easter was always a time I dreaded when I was a teenager. It was a time that triggered memories that I did not want to remember. For years after my dad's suicide, I couldn't handle Easter. The very thought of walking into a supermarket and seeing the vast array of coloured eggs and Easter rabbits would send me into an emotional spiral.

Prince Harry's Podcast Has Been A Game Changer For Mental Health - How Important Is It?

Tina McGuff | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

I tried to tell a friend for comfort and she told me I was a potential danger to her child so needed to stay away. I was devastated. I did not know what to say and simply withdrew further into my mental anguish, staying away from everyone like a shamed hermit. Silenced again by another person's opinion which I valued dearly at the time.

Can We Please Talk About Death?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The only way we can start to break down the walls that death puts up, is to talk about it. The only way we can begin to 'trial and error' our way through the language surrounding death, is to begin to try, experience a few errors, and slowly work out the best way for these conversations to happen. Death and grief aren't a big black hole that needs to be avoided at all costs. Talking to someone about it won't make you fall in the hole and keep falling until you can't get up.

Grieving Mum Issues Reminder To Parents About Flu Vaccine After One-Year-Old Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Parents

A mother has issued a warning to other parents after finding out her daughter died due to having flu when she went to sleep. Joelle Hughes, from Kent...

Rio Ferdinand Tackles The Topic Of Mental Health And Why It's Crucial To Open Up To Friends

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has starred in a poignant short film discussing the first time he talked about his grief with a close friend, in a bid to spa...

Grieving Mum Films Touching Moment Late Son 'Sends Sign' While She Visits Grave

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents

A grieving mum was brought to tears when she received a “sign” from her late son while visiting his grave. Marie Robinson from Waterlooville, US, ...

What It's Like To Grieve For Someone Who Is Still Alive

Hannah Rainey | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Rainey

In some senses I think my situation is fairly rare, though forgive me if I am mistaken. I've never met anybody else who knows what it's like to be left by their mother. Fathers, yes, sadly this is more common I feel (I do not wish to compare, though

How (Not) To Tell Your Child Their Beloved Pet Has Died

Ali Russell | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Let's just take a moment to remember Honey Bunny. She was a gentle little rabbit with a spring in her step. And even though she ate her own poo (very common in rabbits apparently), we loved her very much.

Student's Sweet Birthday Gifts To Grieving Friends Who've Both Lost A Parent Leaves Everyone In Tears

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Vanessa Mendoza and Norma Bates have both had a tough couple of years, having both lost one of their parents. In May 2015, Bates’ mum died from canc...

Rio Ferdinand Gives Insight Into How His Kids Are Coping Since Their Mum Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents

Rio Ferdinand has opened up about the stages of grief he has been through with his kids in a moving documentary about losing his wife. Ferdinand, wh...

There Is No Correct Reaction To Terror Attacks

Stephen Mayne | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Stephen Mayne

Nothing shocks like events that seem to recast our world. Therein lies the great power of terrorism. Last Wednesday brought this to my mind in a way t...

The Benefits Of Writing Through Grief

Sam Way | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Way

Through the cabin window, the earth blends with the sky in a haze of pinks, purples and reds. I am flying back into London. This last week - a week...

A Ghost Of A Dress

Ruth Drake | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

Today I said goodbye to my wedding dress. I didn't, as I perhaps liked to imagine on the day that I wore it, give it to my daughter. I haven't kept i...

Jeff Brazier Shares Heartbreaking Insight Into How Sons Are Coping With Mother's Day And Jade Goody's Death Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents

Jeff Brazier has taken to Twitter to praise his sons for their “resilience” following a week that marked both the anniversary of their mum’s dea...

Rio Ferdinand On Figuring Out How To Talk To His Children After His Wife Died

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents

Ahead of Rio Ferdinand’s BBC1 documentary Being Mum and Dad airing March 28 at 9pm, the footballer has spoken very movingly about talking to his chi...

Is There An Afterlife?

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Nader Dehdashti

If I had asked myself the question 'is there an Afterlife?' Three months ago, I would most definitely have said no. No being in me believed that there...

Dad Shares Photo And Touching Tribute To Daughter Born At 18 Weeks Who Lived For 15 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents

Warning: Readers may find the images in this article upsetting. A dad has shared a photo of himself cradling his daughter who was born at 18 weeks a...

Behind The Scenes With Rio Ferdinand And Other Widowers

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

On this particular occasion we had invited someone else who was suffering into the fold. The former England captain and widowed father of three, Rio Ferdinand, was joining us to find out more about how we processed our loss and helped our kids through theirs.

Ten Things Losing My Mother Taught Me

Melanie Swan | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Swan

Losing her was indeed the hardest thing I have encountered during my life and anything challenging since I lost her has become, in some respects, more minor since dealing with that, but in others, doubly challenging as I lost the one person in whom I could trust without judgement, bias or prejudice.

What's Mother's Day Like When You've Lost Your Mum?

Rochelle Bugg | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rochelle Bugg

But if I can make it through all the other days in the year without my mum then why is this one random Sunday any different? Mother's Day is just another day on the calendar isn't it? But somehow, it's not. For me, there are three main reasons why it's such a difficult time of year: