Death and letting go

This week, we look at the challenge of facing death and letting go, thanks to Evelyn Temple who shares her thoughtful, poignant story of her dad’s end of life wish – Just Let Me Go. Evelyn shares: February 25 2017 marked ten years since my Dad died. My Dad – strong, humble, constant, hardworking. He was my rock […]

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Happy new you

Happy new you! Yep. That’s what Final Fling is all about. Making life the best it can be, whatever is going on for you.

So if you’re in New Year’s Resolution mode, new year, new start, new you, how about doing a wee bit of thinking, feeling, reflecting and planning that might set you off on the right foot for the year and even take a load off.

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Say their names

We lost a friend suddenly. A friend of a crowd of us. None of us really knew her family – as often happens.

A year on from her funeral, I wanted to post a wee tribute on Final Fling.

Why? I wondered.

I think it’s like the importance of the ‘say their names’ campaign run by The Compassionate Friends who encourage families who have lost a son or daughter to say the names and tell the stories of our loved and lost.

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Supporting a child after bereavement

This week we bring you advice on supporting a child after bereavement from our friends at Winston’s Wish. Each year, Winston’s Wish supports over 30,000 bereaved children and young people after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, so that they can face the future with confidence and hope.

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Coping with the loss of a child

There’s been an interesting run of comments in The Guardian this week connected to a feature asking questions about coping with the loss of a child. The article features an interview with Denise Turner, who lost her son Joe to cot death aged 19 months. That was 9 years ago. Denise now lectures at Sussex University and for her […]

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Death and loss

Death and loss It’s a sad truth, but the fact is we’re all living and we’re all dying. As difficult as it may be to accept, death is an inevitable part of life. At Final Fling we don’t waste time dwelling on the negative of this, instead we see death as the counterpoint that makes […]

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Kristie West: Grief specialist

Final Fling is delighted to have Grief Specialist, Kristie West on our side. One of the many interesting topics Kristie explores in her therapeutic work with clients as a grief specialist is whether or not we feel it’s important to hold onto pain as a way of honouring the memory of the people we’ve lost…

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Q+A: coping with loss and grief

Here, we share some common feelings, questions and answers related to bereavement, loss and grief. Q: “I felt pebble-dashed by grief. There was no rhyme or reason to its movement; I could be bawling my eyes out and then ten minutes later, laughing at Six Feet Under on the telly. The adverts would come on […]

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Young people + loss

You might feel inclined to protect a child or young person from death but honesty is best so if there’s a chance to prepare them, do. If there’s an impending death in the household or family, a child will quickly pick up something’s going on and silence or denial is not helpful – it’s just […]

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7 tips to help with grief

Nicky Whichelow of GreenAcres Woodland Burials shares some tips to help with grief and loss. “We meet families and friends every day who are coming to terms with loss. With that in mind, we thought we would give you an insight into what families that we have spoken to, valued most highly during their bereavement. And to make it a bit easier to understand, we have turned this into a list of tips.

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Grief workshops

Creative Grief Coaching When: 4 month programme runs throughout the year Where:  online Web: Creative Grief Coaching Kara Jones and Cath Duncan lead this 12-module, 4-month programme. It’s been developed from their personal experiences of learning to live wholeheartedly after loss, as well as over 20 years of collective practice as helping professionals. Cath and Kara will […]

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