#Loss

Waiting For Our Baby

Sharron Phillips | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

The passing of time is something none of us can control. It's become my enemy over the last few years. Starting with us trying for children and then moving to heartbreak when we lost my cousin to cancer in 2016. Time moving forward caused pain, it's frustrating and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

The Time Of My Life

Daniel Cohen | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Cohen

Losing my wife and soul mate Katie is the most difficult thing I have ever had to face. It is a reality I had never imagined and should never have needed to comprehend, but in many ways, I was fortunate. I don't enjoy writing that, but there is a truth to it.

Living With Grief

Caron Kemp | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caron Kemp

I've lost count of the number of times people have told me how strong I am. Considering I rarely set foot in a gym and my body bears the sagging signs of having carried three children, I'd be surprised if they meant physically so. Rather, they're talking about the resilience I've shown since losing my mum to cancer last summer.

Two Bullets And A Friendship Down

Alexander Walters | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Walters

It's 7am at a London airport security desk. I'm peering at a bomb scanner monitor that shows a remarkably accurate X-ray of my bag. On the screen are ...

Miscarriage: My Little Angel With Wings

Kathryn Whittaker | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kathryn Whittaker

The physical pain I was in was nothing compared to the emotional pain that hit me like a train. I cried and cried and felt like a failure. I apologised to Paul who was with me the whole way through this traumatic experience. Of course he told me I had nothing at all to apologise for, which I now know is true. The doctors were really helpful and empathetic.

This Simple Journal Lets You Leave A Lasting Legacy When You Die

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Verna Scott-Culkin’s father and mother-in-law passed away, her family was left with a huge void to fill. It was then that Verna, a swimming tea...

Jacob

Claire Frances | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Frances

I started bleeding on Christmas Day, not a lot, just a little; small brown stains, just enough to notice. Sharp pains followed, shooting up my tummy. But then they were gone. The day went by, a blur of smiles and anxiety, trying to be normal so not to rouse suspicions from a family who were non-the-wiser

Poppy

Claire Frances | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Frances

We drove around for hours, tears rolled down our cheeks, crying together; for you, for us, for what we had and what could have been. We pulled up on the moors and watched the burnt red and orange sunset; like a poppy painted into the sky until it disappeared. We could feel you with us.

My Miscarriages Made Me

Claire Frances | Posted 03.05.2017 | 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.

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.

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.

The Invasion Of The Baby Bumps

Sharron Phillips | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I was having problems following a miscarriage and watching those pregnant bellies was an ice pick to my heart. I kept my head down, making little eye contact. I sat silent tears falling onto my lap.

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.

No Kids? You Must Be Loving It!

Matthew Sanders | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Sanders

The true reason behind not having children is illness related. It just can't happen. Mother Nature decided that cancer and a heart condition shall prevail and the ability to reproduce shall sit in the pile of 'what ifs' for the rest of our days. Even adoption is off the cards for the same reasons.

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.

The Childless Mother

Sharron Phillips | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

For 12 years, my husband and I have been trying for children. It's such a simple aspiration, something so natural. To have a family. When the simple becomes a nightmare, it can take over your life and result in feeling like a total failure. To do the simplest thing, to know that my body is letting me down so badly is hard to process.

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.

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 ...

I'm Back! A Little Explanation For My Relative Silence!

Claire Lynch | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lynch

So you'll probably all have noticed that I haven't been around for a while; or perhaps you hadn't noticed but now I come to mention it... but I'm going to indulge myself and pretend that you had all most definitely noticed my absence, even if you hadn't missed my ramblings.

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.

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...

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...