#Grief

An Open Letter to a Recently-Bereaved Mother

Leigh Kendall | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

I am not going to tell you what to do, how to grieve. I cannot do those things, because while we may share a similar experience in common our individual journeys are so very personal. I felt so alone after my son died, and I hope this letter offers even a tiny bit of comfort to you.

Jodi Albert: 'It Absolutely Breaks My Heart That My Mum Will Never Meet Zekey'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Parents

Kian Egan's wife Jodi Albert has said the birth of her second son Zekey helped her through the grief of losing her mother to cancer. The couple's s...

Ben Fogle On Loss Of Unborn Son: 'It Was Incredibly Painful'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Parents

TV presenter Ben Fogle has opened up about the heartbreaking moment his son was stillborn at 32 weeks in August 2014. The 41-year-old, who has two...

My Son the Hero

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

I'm excited for Freddy. We could all learn a thing or two from him. Freddy has found a purpose and a clear sense of fulfilment in helping others, it's a natural path and one he is choosing for himself, I'm beyond proud.

Why I Am Glad To Be Growing Another Year Older

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

It's an irony of life that when as children we are eager to be older, to be an adult with responsibilities and to make our own decisions. Yet when we are an adult we wish we could liberate ourselves from those wished-for responsibilities, slow down the clock against ageing.

What They Don't Tell You

Libby Martin | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Libby Martin

They tell you you're going to go to hospital and they'll be able to sort you out there. They don't tell you that it's almost certain that your baby has passed away and that there will be nothing anyone can do.

What I Want the National Maternity Review Team to Know

Leigh Kendall | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

That postnatal wards need to have a greater awareness of the needs of mothers whose babies are being cared for in a neonatal unit. It is difficult enough for us being on a ward with women who have their babies with them.

Why We Need to Reconsider How We Engage With Bereaved People

Leigh Kendall | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Losing someone you love is difficult enough, living without someone you love is heartbreaking enough, living day by day is exhausting enough without the added frustrations and torments contributed by those who exclude and patronise those living with grief. The patronising comments and exclusion are usually unintended, I know. That knowledge does not make the sting any less, though.

Losing Your Broadband and Coming to Terms With the Grief

James Moran | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Comedy
James Moran

The experience I am having is, I don't think it's hyperbolic to say, the equivalent of what Jesus went through in his moments of doubt and pain. But through that human misery, I have truly learnt what it is to lose something dear to you.

A Letter to Bereaved Parents

Louise Parry | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Parents
Louise Parry

Just as I don't have the words to try and help you, you may not have the words to express you grief and that's OK. I'm not expecting anything of you at all, I just want to try and give you the space and support so that when you're ready you can tell me what you need.

The 'Invisible Loss' of Involuntary Childlessness

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

Facing the reality of not being able to have children is heart-breaking, whether trying to conceive a child naturally, using methods of assisted conception (IVF) or arriving at childlessness by another means.

When a Broken Heart Can't Be Mended

Vic Lennard | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vic Lennard

I have a number of arthritic conditions that cause me daily pain but this dulls into insignificance when compared to the physical pain and mental anguish I am going through now as I mourn both my parents. It is with a very heavy heart that I write this. I know that time will help but at this moment I can't see that far ahead.

Sunglasses Are My Saviour

Julie Elizabeth | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Elizabeth

During my three days of contemplation and dismay a cloud of consciousness floated in my window. Cuddling a cup of tea I realised that after months of living deliriously depressed and convinced of my lack of existence, I did in actual fact exist.

On Summer Solstice, Life, Light, Darkness and Welcoming It All In

Roberta Verdant | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

The tiredness has been going on for a long time. Since childhood, really. Growing up, I never felt like I had a lot of energy or like what I had was flowing particularly well around my body. Retrospectively, there were reasons for this.

'Buckets' at the Orange Tree Theatre

Jessie Thompson | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

It's a bit of a problem though - how nice it all is. Adam Barnard's play Buckets, a series of scenes mediating on death, life, happiness, hopes and dreams, often feels like a chocolate selection box full of tweeness, and that's without even mentioning the set compromised of flowers, balloons, and a kid's slide.

#SayTheirName: Bereaved Mum Encourages Everyone To Talk About Baby Loss as Part of #MatExp Campaign

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

The loss of my son Hugo in March 2014 has, naturally, profoundly affected me. Nothing could have been done differently in either my or Hugo's care from a clinical perspective. However, better communication, especially at the end of Hugo's life could have made an already heartbreaking situation less stressful.

Making Difficult Decisions

Naomi Barrow | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Mum probably won't still be here when I graduate. She will probably die whilst I'm still at uni. I have to cram twenty or thirty years of visits into twenty or thirty days/weeks/months. I have to ask all my questions now; predict what I might want to know in years to come. Each birthday might be Mum's last, so rather than forget it I want to make it special.

Be Kind to Yourself

Libby Martin | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Libby Martin

We are very lucky to be surrounded by such a large network of wonderful people who support us fabulously - unfortunately not everyone is so lucky - but, even so, it is a very lonely time. People offer support, condolence, hugs.

Travel as a Means of Healing

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

Travel has proven to be a healer and creator of new beginnings. It generously provides varied perspectives on life and teaches us, sometimes gracefully and sometimes with a heavy hand, to see our life within new contexts.

I Had to Walk the Great Wall of China Before I Could Face My Mother's Death

Linzi Marks | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Linzi Marks

Looking back I realised that if I hadn't joined the challenge and stood there at that point in time, I might never have addressed all of the built-up pain and emotion that was eating away inside me. It gave me the safe space I needed to open up and really start healing.

Why I Changed My Mind About 'Attention Seeking' RIP Facebook Statuses

Rachel Moss | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

Dying Matters Awareness Week aims to get people talking about death and bereavement because, unfortunately, death is a part of life. In my experience, talking about death really does make bereavement easier - that includes posting statuses about loved-ones you've lost on Facebook.

Living With Loss

Libby Martin | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Libby Martin

It's hard to explain but I feel like a parent. I wake up every morning thinking of Beatrice. She is the last thing I think of before I go to sleep. I talk to her. I am proud of her. When she entered this world, my outlook on life changed forever; I became a different person. That's what happens when you become a parent...

Be Planetary: Compassion And Community

Jojo Furnival | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Correct me if I'm wrong, but a company is a living thing; it's a body made up of human beings like you and me that love their families, fear losing loved ones, have insecurities, hopes and their own bills to pay. They all have a moral compass; they know right from wrong.

Why Society Needs a Tribute Collective

Rachael Chadwick | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Chadwick

When my mum died of bowel cancer just over three years ago it was quite the shock to say the least. I tried to keep going - to battle on - but it wasn't long before I grew tired of society silencing me.

I Might Not Know Why Dad Died Suddenly, but It Was Better Than Him Having Cancer

Laura Zito | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Zito

Not only is there the huge struggle to treat this awful disease while consecutively dealing with the mental strain it puts on patients and their loved ones, there's the sting in the tail in that they can't even go on holiday half the time, even when in remission. Seriously.