Finding a lifeline of support and friendship when coping with loneliness and bereavement.
Charity Widowed & Young offers unconditional support to the bereaved.
Pippa Kelly describes the heart-wrenching experience of losing a mother to dementia...
Would you know the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer? Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is a rare and little known form of breast cancer. Most of us know that to protect ourselves against breast cancer we need to check regularly for lumps. That is what we have been told to do. That, and getting annual mammograms. […]
In memory of Carolyn Lazarus: a remarkable woman who lived life to the full. Totally4women.com was the dream made real by a remarkable woman, its founder and chief editor, Carolyn Lazarus. It is therefore with the utmost sadness that I have to tell t4w’s thousands of members, sponsors and friends that Carolyn passed away on […]
The wonder that was Carolyn Lazarus. When Marc asked me to give Carolyn’s funeral eulogy I felt hugely honoured. Yet at the same time I was daunted by the prospect of giving a fitting tribute to the wonder that was Carolyn. For how can one do justice to someone as unique, courageous, joyous and life-enhancing […]
Why Imogen will not tick the age box and refuses to be defined by a number!
I hear dead people is the second part of Julie P’s incredible journey to become a clairvoyant medium. It’s a rare person, who doesn’t recall Haley Joel Osment whispering “I see dead people!” in M Night Shyamalam’s ‘The Sixth Sense’ and whilst I don’t always ‘see’ spirits using my clairvoyance, I do hear them on […]
Elaine Stritch: everybody rise. I crossed paths with the redoubtable Elaine Stritch several times over the decades, each time more memorable and poignant than the last. She had that certain “je ne sais quoi” quality about her. You wanted to be near her because she made the moment more intense, more vibrant and alive; and […]
Did you know that 82% of the population support a change in the law on assisted dying for terminally ill patients? Do you agree that this is a right we should have in the UK? I do. That is why I support Dignity in Dying’s campaign to legalise assisted dying in the UK, for terminally […]
Cure the NHS: Just the start of the healing process. A series about Julie Bailey, CBE The Francis Inquiry into the regulatory system within the NHS took place after a long campaign by Julie Bailey and her dedicated team at CureTheNHS. The inquiry acknowledged the “appalling suffering” of patients at Stafford Hospital and made 290 recommendations […]
Dying in hospital: a common fear Death does not scare me or my friends, but the prospect of dying in hospital does. At sixty-seven I have made peace with the reality of death, though I enjoy life and hope to have more of it. Death is either a long dreamless sleep without pain of heart, […]
Julie Bailey CBE is determined that we never forget what happened to her mother in Stafford Hospital. Part One of a series about the work of Julie Bailey, CBE. Julie Bailey is a quietly spoken, gentle woman who has been campaigning since late 2007 for patient safety in the NHS. She is No 2 on […]
Would you want to be kept alive for months – or years – in a coma? This happened to a member of our family, Polly Kitzinger, after a car crash in 2009. Polly suffered severe brain injury and was expected to die. But ‘medical heroics’ and repeated life-sustaining treatments ensured that she survived: first in […]
Dee Montague offers a moving insight into her visit to see her brother in the Chapel of Rest. I’ve been thinking long and hard about whether it’s wise to document this. Whether I actually click the ‘publish’ link after writing it, I haven’t yet decided. I’m not sure if it will be helpful to anyone, or […]