#Grief

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:

Rio Ferdinand Tearfully Opens Up About Supporting His Kids As They Grieve For Their Mum

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents

Rio Ferdinand broke down in tears as he spoke about how he is supporting his children through their grief following the death of their mum. Ferdinand,...

Dealing With My Father's Passing

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nader Dehdashti

No one prepares you for the intensity of grief and loss. There is no warning about the speed at which you are expected to close someone else's life. The documents you must sign and the countless phone calls to funeral directors, each time reminding you of the loss you have suffered.

How Do You Survive?

Beverley Ward | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

I can still see him standing in my front garden that night writing messages to Hephaestus the blacksmith god with them, releasing paper lanterns into the sky. They loved him. I loved him. He loved me. And that was the last time I saw him. Five days later, he was dead.

Nine Things I Learned Facing My Father's Death

Crystal Lowery | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Crystal Lowery

As we approach middle-age, many of us are losing our parents. Theoretically, we understand life is fragile-- for Pete's sake, every episode of Grey's Anatomy warns us of this -- and yet, when death becomes reality, we are often unprepared. We

The Sound Of Grief

Naomi Barrow | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Mum was a bundle of energy. As I frequently say to people - I'm not sure I remember her ever really sitting down until she became ill. She was always moving, always on-the-go, always running from one place to another doing various activities.

Losing My Husband, Daughter And Leg Taught Me The True Meaning Of Resilience

Victoria Milligan | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Victoria Milligan

life less ordinary banner I thought I would collapse from the pain of my grief, I literally imagined myself melting into the floor in one big grief puddle. I look back now, four years on, and wonder how I have survived. I suppose the reality is that I had no choice. Time doesn't stop just because a major tragedy happens in your life.

Artist Navigates Grief With Simple Yet Relatable Drawings About Life After Loss

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An artist is documenting her thoughts around grief in a series of simple yet relatable drawings. A few years back, Mari Andrew’s father passed away ...

Little Boy Leaves Heartbreaking Note On Woman's Door After Sister Stole Her Wind Chime

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents

A little boy penned a heartbreaking note that he left on a woman’s doorstep after his sister stole her wind chime. The woman, Chrissy Marie, shared ...

Tips On Helping A Child In Grief

Bec Cousins | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bec Cousins

Tips that I have picked up both from training I have been on, and from directly working with children. My own children included. I hope that you find them useful, and if you feel they will help others, that you can pass them on.

I Went Blind For A Year

Georgie Morrell | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Georgie Morrell

life less ordinary banner I went from being a spunky 21-year-old storming around London with no clue about who she was or what she was doing, to an isolated child-like woman who couldn't or, better yet, wouldn't adapt to her new-found blindness.

10 Dos And Don'ts For Helping Someone Experiencing Grief

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Feelings of loneliness are worse in older women than men following the death of a loved one, a new survey has found. Charity Independent Age said tha...

Running With Trainspotting's Ghosts

Dave Meldrum | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Dave Meldrum

We all like to think - at least at my age - that our memories are if not infallible, then at least reliable. The reality is more slippery. We remembe...

Grieving Mum Appeals To Internet To Find 'Next' Sleepsuit For Her Twin Boy Who Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum appealed to the internet to help her find a sleepsuit from ‘Next’ for her son who died to wear at his funeral. Zoe Taylor, from Peterborough...

Five Things NOT To Say When Someone Has A Family Member With Cancer

Rochelle Bugg | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rochelle Bugg

How do you comfort someone whose world is in the process of spinning off its axis? You want to be supportive but when you open your mouth you realise you have NO IDEA what to say so just blurt something out and hope for the best but worry the whole drive home that you offended them.

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Parents Share Heartbreaking Images Of Moment Son Dies From Meningitis

Mercury Press | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents

Warning: Readers may find the images in this article upsetting. The heartbreaking moment an eight-month-old baby died in his mum’s arms has been s...

People Whose Spouses Died Open Up About Loss And Finding Love Again

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

For those who have not experienced loss, it is hard to imagine the unbearable pain that people go through when their partner dies. To reduce the isola...

What Chronic Illness Looks Like Behind Closed Doors

Amani Omejer | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Living with chronic illness is lonely as fuck. I spend so much time on my own -- more time than I ever expected to spend on my own, or have ever wanted to. There is so, so, much of my life that people don't see.

I Watched My Stepdad Die And Now No Longer Fear Death

Sophie Farrow | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Sophie Farrow

life less ordinary banner I sat on my own watching, soaking wet and saying my goodbyes. I knew he was gone. I knew I would have to tell the family. I knew we would be flying home with a spare seat. I knew my life would never be the same again. I knew a heart attack has just killed my stepdad.

I Was There: Ten Tips For Approaching The Inquest Into A Loved One's Death

Ed Green | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Green

But what happens in the majority of Britain's inquests - those dealing with more ordinary tragedies that never make the national headlines? People who die in accidents, house fires or in unclear circumstances.

Grieving Mum Takes Baby Who Died Home From Hospital To Take Photos To Remember

Caters | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mother has shared heartbreaking photographs taken to commemorate her baby daughter who died when she was just four weeks old. Charlotte Szakacs, fro...