Surviving Lauren Menzies - Navigating Loss in the Modern World




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 Alder Hey Children's Hospital.  Visit her Justgiving page here


Easter Holidays 🐰

So the school holidays are here! It's abit of a strange feeling. Not helped by the fact that we should have been off on our family ski...

Week 2

Week 2 of the lockdown and thankfully we are all still healthy. As yet no friends & family have been affected. I wanted to do an...

British Summertime Begins

So it's official, British Summertime has begun. This must be the strangest start yet, certainly since the war. I'm aware that in these...

Mend and Make Do

One small positive to come from the enforced shutdown, for me personally, has been my change in attitude to consumerism. When we were...

Mrs Brightside

Over the past three and a bit months I've been attempting to find the good in every situation, it's almost like I've been in training for...

The Lockdown 

Well we finally got the news we knew was coming, stay at home! It won't make much difference to how our family has been over the last...

The New Normal

So we got Mothers day done! I had loads of messages of support, thankyou but in all honesty the day wasn't as bad as I thought it would...


It seems self absorbed to be writing about me, with all that is going on in the world. In a few hours the schools will shut, no-one...

Fear and Dread

I've been trying very hard to keep the anxiety at bay. Yesterday I mainly cried and slept. Today I felt better, at first. Then the kids...

Big V Strikes Again

When Lauren died we took some solace in how many things we had done with her in her short life, how much we had managed to cram into the...

Parents Evening

I've never had an issue with Parents Evening. My kids have always been achieving well, both academically and in their behaviour. That...

Three Long Months

I can't believe it's only been three months since Lauren died. I guess it's true when they say that time flies when your having fun,...

The Big V

When Lauren became sick I wanted to know why. Why would someone young & fit succumb to flu, when usually it would be fought off with a...

Tribe of Lament 

The way humans evolve is really quite extraordinary, not just physically but emotionally. As our lifes become more complicated so do our...

Funerals and.....Fun?

We began the funeral planning and I was keen to have it before Christmas. It felt heavy, like something hanging over us, so I wanted to...

Half Term

It's coming to the end of half term, and as all parents can attest to, it's been a wet one. I had planned on filling the week with long...


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Upcoming Events

  • 50km Ultra X Summer Trial Marathon
    Sat, 09 Jul
    Hebden Bridge
    09 Jul, 07:00
    Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge HX7, UK
    This is the big one! 50km Trail Marathon with 1550mtr Elevation - Chris must be off his rocker!
  • Epic Lakes Swim Derwent Water 3th July 2022
    03 Jul, 08:30
    Keswick, Keswick CA12, UK
    Another Epic Open Water Swim for Sarah and her friends and family.
  • Epic Events Southport Triathlon
    22 May, 19:00
    Southport, Southport, UK
    Chris will take part in this, his first Olympic length Triathlon: 1500m swim / 40k cycle / 10k run
  • Night time Summit of Snowdon
    Sun, 01 May
    01 May, 01:30 – 9:30
    Caernarfon, Snowdon, Caernarfon LL55 4UL, UK
    An Alder Hey Organised event to raise money for the Children's Hospital
  •  5k a day for Alder Hey    **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    10 Jul 2021, 19:00
    United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    From 11 July 2020 until 10th July 2021 Sarah will be walking/cycling 5k every day to raise money for Alderhey Childrens Hospital
  •  Wooler Trail Marathon   **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    14 Nov 2020, 08:00
    Northumberland National Park, 7 South Park, Hexham NE46 1BT, UK
    Wooler Trail Marathon is set in the heart of Northumberland National Park. This is a challenging Trail Marathon with just over 6000 feet of ascent,
  • Scarfell Pike Marathon  **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    16 Aug 2020, 08:00
    Scafell Pike, Scafell Pike, Seascale CA19 1TH, UK
    A trail marathon incorporating England's highest peak. Based from Keswick the route follows beautiful lakeshore trails, wooded valleys to spectacular high mountain trails, incorporating some of the most dramatic rock scenery in the Lake District.
  • Epic Lakes Swim Derwent Water 5th July  **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    05 Jul 2020, 12:00 – 14:00
    Crow Park, Keswick CA12 5DJ, UK
    The Derwent Epic Lakes Swim is event 2 of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place from Crow Park, in Keswick and forms part of the National Trust Regatta Weekend.
  • Badass Mucker Junior
    Sat, 20 Jun
    20 Jun 2020, 12:20
    Caton, Caton, Lancaster LA2, UK
    A 2.5km Course over 25 Obstacles, including muddy areas and a finishing slide into a plunge pool. The event is hi-energy fun that challenges all abilities through the age range and emphasises teamwork and lots of laughs.