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The grieving parents of children who have died will no longer have to pay burial or cremation fees, the Welsh Government has said. The Wales-wide move, coming into effect from Thursday, follows a campaign by Labour MP Carolyn Harris. Describing the announcement by Wales' first minister Carwyn Jones as "momentous",…
The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
A mother bereaved in the Northern Ireland Troubles has penned a heartfelt open letter to the Government claiming victims are being forgotten amid the delay addressing the legacy of the conflict. Ann Service's son Brian, 35, was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries in north Belfast in October 1998 - six…
Helena Bonham Carter has narrated a new film on childhood bereavement for Children In Need. Saying Goodbye features the stories of a group of children and young people in the UK dealing with the terminal illness or death of a parent. The King's Speech actress said: "It's a privilege to…
These publications provide advice for people who have been asked to speak in public about their personal experiences of self-harm, suicide or other mental health issues, and the organisations that may be supporting them. The Guide To Speaking Publicly is aimed at individuals considering an invitation to speak. It aims…
The subject of children facing death or a bereavement in their family will be discussed at the University of Chichester next month. A conference, on Friday 20 October, will explore how young people cope with terminal illness based on assessments by researchers and leading organisations and charities. It is intended…
A former superintendent of a cemetery has admitted fraudulently mis-selling burial plots to grieving families in a "shocking" nine-year campaign. William Henderson stole thousands of pounds from the archdiocese that runs Edinburgh's Mount Vernon Cemetery by illegally selling forged burial deeds to vulnerable people when they were bereaved. His criminal…
Funeral poverty has reached an all-time high, as those who struggle to pay take on an average debt of almost £1,700, figures show. The average cost of a funeral has increased to £3,784 - an increase of 3% on last year - according to the Royal London National Funeral Cost…
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