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Contents: E

Inside Farewell this Winter:

Real Life Stories 5

18 24 41 35

30 33

26 72

45 28 48

13 35

Mum offers trauma support following double tragedy

Widowers blog helps manage his grief – and inspire others

Town is left £2.3m legacy by retired banker

How Josh Edmonds’ parents said goodbye

Create a bucket list of dreams Love Social media

Love and loss in 120 characters Can Twitter make you immortal?


Heir hunters: are you due a family fortune?

Have Certainty that your will is found

Bereavement support

The Dying Matters Coalition Alex James helps you through grief Meet celebrant Sally Ward

Memorial Ideas

Memorial Jewellery – handmade, beautiful and original

Pretty Old Vintage, breathing new life into old heirlooms

Next issue •

Inspirational grief blogs

• Music from beyond the grave • Poems and readings for funerals • The National Memorial Arboretum

Winter 2013

very issue of Farewell Magazine features inspirational stories of courage and determination. But few show more

strength of character than Rhian Burke. Just over a year ago, Rhian was a happily

married mother of three who had everything to live for. Then, without warning, her life was shattered

by the unexpected death of her one-year-old son, George. Tragically, worse was still to come when five days later her husband Paul died too. Since losing her two boys, Rhian has channelled her grief into raising awareness of the lack of support for suddenly bereaved parents with emphasis on shock and trauma support. It is hard to imagine how Rhian gets out of bed each day and continues to exist – yet, despite her heartache, her steely determination is making a difference to the world we live in. Her 2 Wish Upon a Star charity has so far

raised an incredible £100,000 to help improve bereavement support and Rhian is giving talks on her experience to help the NHS and police deal with similar tragedies. Read Rhian’s story on page 5, it makes

heartbreaking and inspiring reading. This issue also features the story of Michael

Adams, who lost his beloved wife and the mother of his children to breast cancer. Michael became disillusioned with support

groups for young widowers because he felt they were too negative – so he started his own online journal in a bid to celebrate the positives of his wife’s life, rather than wallowing in sorrow. His online blog has not only allowed him to

express his grief in a more upbeat way, but has become a site where other bereaved people can find solace and inspiration. With remarkable resilience he has posted

poignant entries on topics including ‘telling the kids their mum has died’ and ‘my daughter’s first birthday without mum.’ Quite simply his own positive approach to living without the love of his life is helping other people to cope with their grief too. Read Michael’s moving story on page 18. By facing their grief so publically, both

Rhian and Mike are encouraging others to open up more about an area all too often shrouded in silence. And they share the belief that something

positive must come from the tragic loss of their loved ones.

Both Rhian and Michael say their

partners were amazing people. We think they are too.

Sarah Newton EDITOR

Farewell Magazine


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