Bereavement

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...
David Bowie, photo credit Pop Blerd

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...
Grace, photo credit Touchline Dad and Mother in the Middle

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...
Old photographs and memories

The stuff of memories

Going through my parent’s house over the last few months has taken ages. They’d lived there since 1963 until my father died at the...

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Post40Bloggers - maths genius

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...
Post40Bloggers - man and woman drinking wine

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...
Post40Bloggers - little girl eating popcorn in cinema

Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
Post40Bloggers - woman conflicted

Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
Post40Bloggers - woman reflecting on white beach porch

Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...
Post40Bloggers - woman typing on beach

Do you wonder what your true calling is?

This question of a true calling, the purpose upon which we were put on this earth is one that has gnawed at me in...