Podcast by Maryum Talks

“Do have a listen as I discuss mental health issues, grief and widowhood with Maryum on the first episode of her new podcast. We look specifically at the South Asian community and how these aspects affect it.” Shalini Bhalla-Lucas Interviewed by podcaster Maryum Iqbal on her new podcast Maryum Talks – available on YouTube, Spotify and iTunes. Watch the interview More →

A Widow’s Story – As Told Through Photographs

These photos signify the Hindu widow – wearing a white sari – with a bare back. The inspiration was taken from the film Water by Deepa Mehta. The long hair is in defiance to the norm where a Hindu widow’s hair is shorn back. The photos are taken in a cold, grey tint to show the starkness of the story. More →

From Wife To Widow

In the moment that my husband Jeremy took his last breath, my identity changed from being his wife to being his widow… On 28 July 2016 my beautiful, kind husband Jeremy died from a rare form of renal cancer. It was the most devastating thing to have happened to me in my life. During the first two years of grieving More →

Mandy Writes From The Heart

“I first met Mandy when I was interviewed on Brooklands Radio for their Just Women show. At the time I had just published my memoir Always With You – and was still in a fairly raw state of grief. Mandy was kind and compassionate as I opened up about my bereavement. When I learnt about the death of her brother More →

Nic Says Four Little Words

“I met Nic when I was delivering a training session for Cruse Bereavement and I was touched by her kindness and compassion and also her passion to make grieving acceptable – removing any shame or taboo from it. Her campaign ‘Four Little Words’ is about getting people to be comfortable with grief – to be comfortable saying the words ‘Sorry More →

Chan Kitthan…A dance tribute to Jeremy

The last photograph Jeremy ever took was that of the moon. Every time I look at the moon I think of him – and feel as if he is looking after me as the moon’s light and rays fall over me. So, I choreographed this dance in tribute to him for the 18th of May 2019 – what would have More →