Bereavement

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7 things not to say to a parent who lost their...

I’ve learned that there are three kinds of people. Those who say too much, those who say the wrong thing and those who don’t...
Post40Bloggers - Jacki James, Peyton's mum

The day I lost my young son Peyton to suicide

Parents held their children a little closer after we published David’s post on dealing day-to-day with the death by suicide of his young son...
Post40Bloggers- David James and his son, Peyton

When every red headed nerdy kid reminds you of your dead...

Peyton complained to teachers and principals about the bullying, but nothing changed. One day, he told his mother, “I should just kill myself.” She...
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80’s teen years remembered starring Starman, David Bowie

We all have landmarks that colour our lives; media moments creating a soundtrack to our memories. Sorrowfully many of these are attributed to the...
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Grace – a life lived

Grace came to England from Jamaica in 1962, when she was a capable, enterprising young woman in her thirties. She settled in the Moss...
Curriculum Vitae or resume

The job search

After my husband died, I took one for the team. The family team. With two children to keep on track and focussed, the late...
Bronson Hart Fargo Jr and Melinda

How we met…maybe

Bronnie and I would have been married 18 years today and, since we got married on his birthday, Bronnie would also have been aged...
Charles Kennedy

RIP, Charles Kennedy

I only met Charles Kennedy once. It was in 1986 at the Erewash SDP Christmas Party held in the (long gone) Co-operative banqueting suite...
Woman in mourning at cemetery

Talking life…and death

Crossing at least three cultures (British, West Indian and American), I agree with Stephanie that we're not very good, or perhaps comfortable, talking about...
Young, bereaved girl in doorway

Dear Daddy, I would have said goodbye

Writing Prompt No. 1 - If you could go back in time and change one thing what would it be?  I find myself looking at men...
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Mourning Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot burnt alive

My words feel inadequate to express the sorrow, disgust, fear and grief I feel after seeing the picture of Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot...
Remembrance candle

Mindfulness as a stage of grief

When this post was written, I was chewing over the words of someone who couldn't quite understand why me or my children would elect...

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Recipe for a #writing prompt

This week we'd like you to write about a dish or recipe that is close to your heart. For instance, butter, sugar and flour being...
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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...