190 episodes

My goal right from the beginning was that I wanted it to be a podcast that, when it stopped, you didn’t feel worse,” says Cariad Lloyd, host of Griefcast, a weekly interview podcast where media personalities share stories about loved ones they've lost. “We’re all in this club that no one asked to join, and it’s really helpful when you realize there’s other people in the club. Part of grief is feeling quite isolated, so when you realize, ‘Oh, it's not just me,’ It does help.” In each episode, Lloyd makes space for natural, unhurried conversations for her guests to talk about death where, in her words, “Nobody’s going to change the subject.”
In 2016, the British actor, comedian, and writer came up with the idea of starting the show when she realized a lot of her comedian friends were doing podcasts. It coincided with her talking about her dad publicly, who passed away from pancreatic cancer when she was 15. “I’d kept it this hidden thing,” she says. "So once I started the podcast, and once people knew, people wanted to talk to me about it. It became this place where I could finally have those conversations I yearned to have.”
The multiple award-winning podcast—which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and launched its eighth season—has evolved from Lloyd talking to her comedian friends in the UK to inviting a broader range of guests including actors, writers, and producers, allowing her to focus on more specific types of grief. This approach has been especially helpful for her listeners during the global COVID-19 pandemic, steering the show to become a salve during a time when grief has become a more prevalent topic. “I feel really glad that, when the pandemic hit, there was a bank of episodes for people to scroll through— because I feel that's been quite helpful in some ways,” she says. “When you lose someone, you often want the world to stop, and it's enraging that it doesn’t. And the world did stop. It's part of the important process of grief, that the world carries on. And that's really helpful because it reminds you that, ‘You know what? I need to carry on.’
Funny people talking about death and grief, a podcast. Hosted by Cariad Lloyd.
Podcast of the Year 2018 / Best Podcast ARIA 2018 / Rose D'or Nominee 2019
You Are Not Alone
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Griefcast Cariad Lloyd

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    • 4.8 • 2.6K Ratings

My goal right from the beginning was that I wanted it to be a podcast that, when it stopped, you didn’t feel worse,” says Cariad Lloyd, host of Griefcast, a weekly interview podcast where media personalities share stories about loved ones they've lost. “We’re all in this club that no one asked to join, and it’s really helpful when you realize there’s other people in the club. Part of grief is feeling quite isolated, so when you realize, ‘Oh, it's not just me,’ It does help.” In each episode, Lloyd makes space for natural, unhurried conversations for her guests to talk about death where, in her words, “Nobody’s going to change the subject.”
In 2016, the British actor, comedian, and writer came up with the idea of starting the show when she realized a lot of her comedian friends were doing podcasts. It coincided with her talking about her dad publicly, who passed away from pancreatic cancer when she was 15. “I’d kept it this hidden thing,” she says. "So once I started the podcast, and once people knew, people wanted to talk to me about it. It became this place where I could finally have those conversations I yearned to have.”
The multiple award-winning podcast—which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and launched its eighth season—has evolved from Lloyd talking to her comedian friends in the UK to inviting a broader range of guests including actors, writers, and producers, allowing her to focus on more specific types of grief. This approach has been especially helpful for her listeners during the global COVID-19 pandemic, steering the show to become a salve during a time when grief has become a more prevalent topic. “I feel really glad that, when the pandemic hit, there was a bank of episodes for people to scroll through— because I feel that's been quite helpful in some ways,” she says. “When you lose someone, you often want the world to stop, and it's enraging that it doesn’t. And the world did stop. It's part of the important process of grief, that the world carries on. And that's really helpful because it reminds you that, ‘You know what? I need to carry on.’
Funny people talking about death and grief, a podcast. Hosted by Cariad Lloyd.
Podcast of the Year 2018 / Best Podcast ARIA 2018 / Rose D'or Nominee 2019
You Are Not Alone
Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    Hollie McNish

    Hollie McNish

    This week Cariad talks to the brilliant Hollie McNish about her Gran, who died during the 1st lockdown. As ever we talk grief, dressing up and the original Santa.
    Please note: This episode mentions Father Christmas - you may want to avoid listening with young children around!
    You can follow Hollie on Instagram @holliepoetry and Twitter @holliepoetry
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book,You Are Not Alone, is published by Bloomsbury Tonic and available now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Tom Allen

    Tom Allen

    This week Cariad talks to stand up comedian, writer and TV presenter Tom Allen about his dad who died suddenly from a heart attack in 2021. As ever we talk grief, the unhelpfulness of logic and Fleetwood Mac.
    You can follow Tom on Instagram @tomindeed and Twitter @tomallencomedy
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book,You Are Not Alone, is published by Bloomsbury Tonic and available now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Cariad Lloyd (in conversation with Poorna Bell)

    Cariad Lloyd (in conversation with Poorna Bell)

    This week Cariad talks to...well, actually the amazing Poorna Bell is talking to Cariad about her new book, You Are Not Alone, which is out on Thursday 19th January. As ever we talk being grief elders, anger + laughing at the things people say.
    You can follow Poorna on Instagram @poornabell and Twitter @poornabell
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Lisa Taddeo

    Lisa Taddeo

    This week Cariad talks to brilliant writer, Lisa Taddeo, about her parents. As ever they talk grief, OCD and the fear of a phone call.
    You can follow Lisa on Instagram @lisadtaddeo and Twitter @lisadtaddeo
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 50 min
    The Staves

    The Staves

    This week Cariad talks to The Staves about their mum, who died in 2018. As ever we talk grief, creativity after death + M&S.
    You can follow The Staves on Twitter @thestaves and Instagram @thestaves
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 55 min
    Romesh Ranganathan

    Romesh Ranganathan

    This week Cariad talks to stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan about his Dad. As ever we talk grief, legends of the pub + deep fried boiled eggs.
    You can follow Romesh on Instagram @romeshranga
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Grateful griefster ,

Illuminating, helpful, supportive, kind

What a magnificent thing this podcast is. I first began listening to Griefcast some six months before my dad was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and honestly I don’t think I could have started listening at a better time. The whole thing was extremely complicated, what with it happening during Covid and us being in different countries, and all of that made an already difficult situation much much worse. Having Cariad and her guests guide me through their own experiences of the grieving process gave me such crucial support during the time when my dad grew more unwell and died. A thousand times thank you to Cariad and all of her guests - you have all helped me and many others by sharing your own grief experiences, and I’m extremely grateful for it.

xKat3040x ,

So comforting

Thank you so much, Cairad

alirideout ,

I recommend this to everyone

This podcast was changed how I behave and think. I can’t recommend enough. So helpful for those lost and alone.

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