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Bereaved relatives’ grief compounded by unsympathetic firms

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When Linda Bullamore’s husband, Steve, passed away, she was left struggling to change many of the bills in his name. “It was a real inconvenience at that time in particular,” she recalls. “With me needing to make lots...

Home Office charging bereaved partners £2,400 for leave to remain in UK

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Bereaved spouses with the right to remain in the UK are facing destitution and deportation because the Home Office is charging them thousands of pounds to stay, the Guardian has learned. People whose British spouses o...

Calls to end banks’ needless bureaucracy piling on the agony for the bereaved

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Bereaved families are facing bureaucratic barriers, unsympathetic customer service staff and lengthy delays when trying to close the accounts of a deceased relative. The Cost and Bureaucracy of Dying, a report by camp...

Covid left me ‘exhausted’, Queen tells bereaved couple

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The Queen has revealed she was left “very tired and exhausted” after her recent bout of Covid-19 as she discussed her experience with a former patient whose brother and father died from the virus. The monarch tested p...

Bereaved families call for PM to lose say over UK Covid inquiry topics

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Families bereaved by Covid want Boris Johnson to relinquish control over which issues will be investigated in the pandemic public inquiry, alleging he is compromised by allegations of lockdown-breaking at Downing Stre...

Scam the bereaved, defraud the dead: the shocking crimes of America’s greatest psychic conman

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What does it take for someone to impersonate a dead teenager to the grieving mother of the deceased? For M Lamar Keene, a prominent Tampa-based medium in the 1960s and 70s, it was a cinch – all it required was a cockt...

Bereaved families in England and Wales face higher costs as probate fees rise

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Bereaved families in England and Wales face increased costs from Wednesday as probate fees rise by up to 76%. Applications for probate, which grants permission to deal with the estate of someone who has died, will now...

Bereaved families demand investigation of every UK gambling-linked suicide

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On a summer’s day in 2015, Joshua Jones put on his suit and headed to his gleaming office block overlooking the Thames in London. It was the trainee accountant’s day off, but he was in turmoil after gambling away most...

Guardian angel: How a bereaved mother became ready to dance again

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The last words Oli Leigh ever said to his mother were, “Mum, you forgot to buy the Ribena,” remembers Michelle Leigh, 52, a bookkeeper from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. It was an ordinary evening – a good one, even. Ol...

Bereaved families call for acceleration of UK Covid inquiry after MPs’ report

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Bereaved families have called for the Covid public inquiry to be accelerated and for ministers to apologise after a damning report by MPs on the handling of the pandemic. Dr Cathy Gardner, whose father died from coron...

Covid bereaved voice anguish at ‘ignored’ UK virus planning report

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Families bereaved by Covid have expressed pain at revelations that a government exercise modelling a large-scale coronavirus outbreak recommended four years before the pandemic that better preparations were needed in ...

UK PM promises bereaved families a Covid inquiry chair by Christmas

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A chair will be appointed by Christmas to the public inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic and sessions should take place around the country, Boris Johnson has told the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group. Th...

‘Why would anybody listen to him?’ Hancock has lost authority, say Covid bereaved

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Families of the Covid victims have questioned whether Matt Hancock still has the moral authority to announce any future pandemic restrictions after his rule-breaking tryst with a colleague, amid growing calls for the ...

Armenia’s efforts to identify war dead leave bereaved families without bodies

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Eight months after the end of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh that left more than 5,000 people dead, many soldiers are still missing. In Armenia, families are desperately looking for news ab...

Covid bereaved demand public inquiry and end to ‘political pantomime’

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Boris Johnson is facing a growing clamour to bring forward the start of the coronavirus public inquiry after Dominic Cummings’ allegations triggered a “political pantomime” that disrespects the victims of the pandemic...

‘Upsetting and bleak’: Covid bereaved react to Dominic Cummings’ evidence

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Lobby Akinnola’s stomach churned when he watched Dominic Cummings give evidence to parliament on Wednesday. Last April his father, Olufemi, a 60-year-old care worker from Leamington Spa, died from Covid having had to ...

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