Bereavement

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...
Jordanian pilot burned alive photo accreditation HypeBuzz.com

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...
Thoughtful sad woman

It is often harder confronting the mortality of others

I always thought the hardest thing about getting older would be having to confront your own mortality. Turns out I was wrong. It’s confronting...