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An internet troll who tormented the families of dead young people by posting sickening messages on Facebook tribute pages has been jailed for 14 months.Paul Hind, 38, called Olivia Burt, a Durham University student who was found dead outside a nightclub, a "sex worker" and "prostitute", an earlier hearing at…
Katherine Jenkins has told how a counsellor helped her following the death of her father as she launched Children's Grief Awareness Week.The classical singer, 38, wants to raise awareness for bereaved children.She recorded new song Jealous Of The Angels with a choir of bereaved school pupils, aged between five and…
New rights giving paid leave to workers suffering the loss of a child have been set out by the Government. Parents in Britain will have the right to two weeks' leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.…
A man whose mother and sister were killed in an attack by his father has made a tearful plea for understanding of the plight of victims of domestic abuse.Briton Luke Hart was comforted by actor Amber Heard, who appeared emotional, as the crowd in a packed auditorium rose to its…
More than 1,200 people traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire received mental health treatment in the year after the blaze, figures show. Some 1,108 people entered therapy for trauma-related conditions or complex grief between June 14 2017 and July 2018, Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Trust said. Another…
The mother of a murder victim has said she hopes a planned support service will help other families avoid her “dreadful” experience of the justice system. Lynn Burns’ only child Sam Johnston died aged 22 after being stabbed at a party in Saltcoats, Ayrshire in 2013. Stuart McCulloch was convicted…
Victims of major disasters are set to be given extra support as ministers consult on plans to create an Independent Public Advocate, the Ministry of Justice has announced. Bereaved families will be guided through an investigative process so their voices can be heard at inquests, and directed to appropriate support…
A five-year-old has become the 300th person affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster to visit Cornwall through a scheme set up to help survivors. Adam Chaer-Yemlahi, who lost his aunt, uncle and three of his cousins in the fire, flew to the Isles of Scilly with charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell…
Nearly a quarter of ambulance trusts have no systems for holding advance care plans for patients, a charity has warned. Compassion in Dying, which helps people prepare for the end of life, said this could result in paramedics not being aware of, and therefore failing to respect, a patient's stated…
A bereaved mother-of-four has described how she both cried and beamed with joy after a landmark legal judgement over the rights of unmarried couples. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was refused bereavement benefits after her partner of 23 years, John Adams, died from cancer in January 2014 because the couple were not…
The grief-stricken parents of London Bridge terror attack victim Sara Zelenak have launched a charity to help others overcome the loss of a loved one in similarly traumatic circumstances. Ms Zelenak, 21, was among the eight people killed when a white van ploughed into crowds at the landmark before three…
Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategies of 4% of Health and Wellbeing Boards, according to analysis conducted by experts at King's College London. Meanwhile only half of…
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