Friends who cross the road to avoid you because you’ve lost a child: Grieving mother tells of her pain when sympathy ran out as people decided she should ‘move on’

Ten years after the death of her son, Andrew, Christine Lord tells Kathryn Knight of the Daily Mail of the pain she experiences when people expect her grief to end with the passage of time.

“I don’t chatter on about Andrew needlessly, but when others talk about their children or parenting, I want to share my stories, too — to recall his smile, his jokes, his work successes. Yet, all too often, reactions to a mere mention of his name range from awkward silence to cringeing embarrassment,” she said. “Yet how could we possibly forget? Andrew will always be a part of my family, and a part of me.”

“And yet, loss is an inevitable part of life, and one we will all suffer. So the next time a bereaved parent talks about their child, please don’t walk away. Instead, be brave. Listen, laugh and reminisce with them. They will be more grateful than you can know.”

Christine Lord has written a book about this topic.

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Westminster terror attack: Driver arrested after car mows down cyclists and ploughs into Parliament barrier

London Telegraph reporters Danny Boyle, Helena Horton, Harry Yorke, and Patrick Sawer are providing up-to-the-minute coverage of today’s Westminster terrorist attack.

A car mowed down some cyclists, none of whom have life-threatening injuries, and crashed into a security barricade near the spot where another terrorist attack took place 17 months ago.

At least three people have been injured.

The driver of the car is under arrest.

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L.A.’s rail system will be first in the U.S. to use scanners that detect explosives

Los Angeles County’s rail system will begin using portable body scanners in an effort to detect possible weapons of mass destruction, reports Laura J. Nelson for the LA Times. LA will be the first city in the U.S. to use scanners.

The devices, which look like trunks, can be moved to any of the 93 light-rail or subway stations. They can be deployed during events that attract crowds, or when there is a specific terrorist threat.

The scanners can find weapons from 30 feet away using radio waves. They can search roughly 2,000 people in an hour, and do not require passengers to queue or slow foot traffic. While 2,000 people an hour is only a small percentage of average crowds, it is an improvement on prior equipment.

Passengers will be warned of the search before being scanned.

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