Solace for a child that has not lived

Devika Bhat wrote an incredibly moving article in The Guardian a few days ago about dealing with the loss of her baby daughter in pregnancy. You can read it here. As she wrote, ‘I almost came unstuck when confronted with the task of choosing a reading: there is no established narrative around grieving for a […]

Lisa, Antonio and Sofia

I got this lovely message from Lisa and Antonio on Messenger yesterday evening. You remember them: Antonio managed to convince Lisa that he was Fernando Torres’ cousin! if you read their story, you’ll see that they were trying for a baby for a very long time, and it was only in August that they learned that Sofia was on her way. […]

Spiritual but not Religious

I meet a lot of people who describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. As organised religion continues to decline in the Western World, it’s becoming much more normal, but despite that I was surprised when my friend Onie told me that she was starting a new organisation called ‘Agnostic Scotland’.I have always believed agnosticism […]

It’s time to celebrate, people!

I’m delighted to announce that from now on, I will be a celebrant with Celebrate People, a new Humanist organisation led by two of Scotland’s best loved celebrants, Susan and Gerrie Douglas Scott. If you think you’ve heard those names before, it’s probably because you have. They were the first same sex female couple to be […]

How to Prepare for Your Digital Death

We live many lives, and for most of us, we increasingly live online: not just through social media, but for our banking and utilities as well. Thankfully there are now quite a few useful guides available,  and while you can read them online, what they will all tell you is that you need to create an […]