A big week for bereavement phone-ins

Tonight BBC1 will broadcast footballer Rio Ferdinand’s documentary about raising three children after being widowed.   This week bereavement is a talking point on radio shows and in the press. As always, many bereaved people taking part say that what helped them most was hearing from other bereaved people. We couldn’t agree more so we’ve rounded up of some of the good ones that you … Continue reading A big week for bereavement phone-ins

What we’re reading online

Woman’s Hour podcast with guest editor Jackie Kay Among the many topics covered are grief when you feel excluded from the funeral and there’s a tiny bit about grief as a refugee. Among the contributors are famed poet and also widow, Imtiaz Dharker and psychotherapist Philippa Perry http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07fdxyk The Myth of Closure Pauline Boss interviewed by Krista Tippett on On Being Leading family therapist on … Continue reading What we’re reading online

Recent things about widowhood from around the internet

The condolences end. Being a widow doesn’t Lisa Kolb writes in The Washington Post about getting through the second year as a widow https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/11/04/when-the-second-year-of-widowhood-is-harder/   Patti Smith on Woman’s Hour Patti Smith spoke about the death of her husband and soon after, her brother, in Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. You can listen to it at the link below or download the podcast to keep http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06mtmsb … Continue reading Recent things about widowhood from around the internet


Why I love Weeds

In a prim Californian suburb, looking much like those in the Brady Bunch or Desperate Housewives, Nancy Botwin, played by Mary Louise-Parker, is trying to get by. Any similarity with any other show ends there.   I didn’t get it when I watched it as a non-widow. Maybe I was expecting Mary Louise-Parker to be playing her character, Amy Gardner, from The West Wing. Weeds … Continue reading Why I love Weeds