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Our grief meant nothing to those in power as No 10 partied through the pandemic

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We write in response to articles by Jonathan Freedland (Don’t condemn just our lying PM: save some anger for the cowards who enabled him, 20 May) and Robbie Hadden (We obeyed Covid rules as our dad died. I’m angry the...

Losing a parent to suicide brings debilitating grief. Writing about it gave me room to feel

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Before my first brush with real grief I had imagined what it might feel like. I’d wondered – in the recesses of my mind more than anything – if it would hurt, physically, or feel like at all heartbreak. I also wondere...

‘I’d carry the misery around with me all day’: Sissy Spacek on acting, grief and her sci-fi debut at 72

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‘Hey there! How are you!” hollers Sissy Spacek, as if she has just come across an old friend in the shopping mall. We’ve never met; I’m half an hour late for our video meeting and in a cold sweat. She is totally chill...

From grief to paw prints, people share Ireland census ‘time capsule’ messages

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Some were funny, some were angry, some were utterly heartbreaking and all were written in the same blank space of Ireland’s census form, a “time capsule” section. In what Ireland’s Central Statistics Office says is a ...

The painful loss of my dog gave me confidence to experience grief rather than shrug it off

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Every morning, when I am first downstairs, I miss her anew. There is a particular kind of nothing in the corner that, until two weeks ago, housed her beanbag nest. That hollowness matches the echo in my chest. Each mo...

Two years of Covid grief: tributes to family, friends and colleagues who died in the UK

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Wednesday 23 March marks two years since the first lockdown. The Guardian has collated 24 tributes for people who have died from coronavirus – one for every month since the first lockdown began. March 2020 Covid took ...

Julia Samuel: ‘The princes turned the dial by talking about grief’

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Every night, Julia Samuel goes to bed and silently recites a list of names. She begins with her nine grandchildren, then her three daughters, her son, their partners, and then her husband of 42 years – it’s a ritual s...

Mary-Frances O’Connor: ‘People struggle to understand grief, but it is a byproduct of love’

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Mary-Frances O’Connor is an associate professor at the University of Arizona, where she leads the grief, loss and social stress (Glass) lab, investigating the effects of grief on the brain and the body. Why do humans ...

From Six Feet Under to Manchester By the Sea: culture to help understand grief

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No film directed by Kenneth Lonergan will ever be confused with a walk in the park: You Can Count on Me, Margaret and Manchester By the Sea all involve death and grief, but it is the latter that confronts the subject ...

The Sky is Everywhere review – sensitive and whimsical portrait of teenage grief

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The Sky Is Everywhere, Apple TV+ and A24’s adaptation of Jandy Nelson’s 2010 young adult novel, often gives what could be a rote exploration of grief the sheen of a fairy tale. Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker (Grace ...

Blasting through a cliff face, the beauty of Tarawera Falls are testimony to a partner’s grief

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One of the cruelties of New Zealand tourism is that international visitors arrive expecting to find a vast, unpeopled land – the sharp peaks, rolling grasslands and roaring rivers of Middle-earth. But when visitors l...

Grief, needle phobia, lack of trust: why we refused Covid jabs – and what changed our minds

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The UK’s vaccine rollout has largely been a success: more than 90% of the population aged 12 and over has now had at least one dose, with just over half having had a second dose and the booster. However, there are th...

Hope review – sensitive study of the grief that lies behind a cancer diagnosis

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Here is an intelligent and civilised film from Norway with two outstanding actors; directed by Maria Sødahl, it’s about love, grief and intimacy and it is conceived at a high creative standard. Yet for me it never qui...

‘Trying to hide heartache merely leads to more grief’: Geoff Hurst at 80 on highs, lows and the boys of ‘66

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“Life is such a lottery,” Sir Geoff Hurst says as his face creases with emotion on a cold, sunlit morning full of moving revelations and surprising insights. Far beyond 1966, when he scored his famous hat-trick which ...

Redemption review – a powerful journey of hope, grief, grime and soul

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Every year there are new immersive shows trying to shepherd big audiences around a story. Few of them manage to create something with as much raucous energy and emotional integrity as Redemption. Made by the Big House...

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