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Lauren's Mum: Life, Love and Loss

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I am Lauren's mum.  When my daughter died my whole world changed.  This is my survival story.

As a family we are raising money in Lauren's name for Sepsis Research FEAT.  This charity not only raises awareness about Sepsis, but also funds research into finding better solutions for those it affects.

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7 months

Today marks the 7 month anniversary of Lauren's death, 7 months of this alternative reality. Tomorrow is Lauren's birthday, her...

Trials and Tribulations

The week leading up to Lauren's birthday is hard enough without being thrown another curve-ball. Yesterday I had to take my son to A&E,...

5k a day for Alderhey

This Sunday it will be Lauren's 14th Birthday so I am a ball of nervous, emotional energy. I'm attempting to keep busy but my attention...

Life Imitating Art?

On the days when I go into the office I usually get up early so I can take the not so little puppy out for her morning walk. I like to...

Twists of Fate

So it's looking like we will see the sunny shores of Spain this summer. The summer holiday has been off, then on, then probably off,...

Swirling on Repeat

Grief is a strange thing, always changing & shifting slightly, too slippery to ever get a proper hold of. I have a few days of feeling...

What Would Lauren Do?

When Lauren died I explained to her siblings that she would always be a part of our family, that we would always talk about her. I told...


One of the things I wanted to do after Lauren's death was create an area where we could always remember her. It seems a strange thing to...

Back to work ....Again

This week I went back to work. The second time this year I've headed back after an extended absence. The first time was after Lauren's...

The Crying Game

This past month has been too hard. It may be due in some part to the weeks of lockdown. But I also think it is linked to the birthdays...

Lockdown Limbo

So the lockdown continues, or at least it does for most of us. One day blends with the next. I miss my family and friends. Zoom...

Count your Blessings

This is one of the grief cliches I can actually get on board with. Just to be clear I don't mean "You should count your Blessings young...

Planet Shine

When my daughter died it destroyed my whole belief system. I don't mean in a religious way, and not necessarily spiritual, just the...

Degrees of death

Losing a child is the worst grief you will feel. I'm told this often, and I want to ask, how do you know? I don't mean this in a...

Birthday time

There are times when grief rears up and butts you in the head, often unexpectedly. Tomorrow is my son's 12th birthday. Last year, for...

Not Broken

I got a message this week that reminded me why I started writing this blog. It wasn't just as a vent for my emotions, but with the hope...

5 months

Today marks five months since Lauren died. Five months today we were driving back from Alderhey in stunned silence, almost fleeing the...

VE Day

I don't think the true destruction of our mental health will be laid bare until the lockdown eases. Like many people I am furloughed. I...

Silence is Golden

One of the unexpected consequences to Lauren's death, is my inability to listen to any music without my heart breaking. Music has always...

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