156 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 • 2.4K 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
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    Sara Seager

    Sara Seager

    This week Cariad talks to astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, Sara Seager. Sara is the author of the beautiful memoir, The Smallest Lights in the Universe. Sara spoke to me about the death of her husband from cancer when she was just forty. As ever we talk grief, exoplanets + the emotional debt of grief.
    You can follow Sara on twitter @ProfSaraSeager, her book is published by Penguin Random House and is available to buy now.
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast
    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.
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    • 54 min
    Sam Irving

    Sam Irving

    This week Cariad talks to improviser and actor Sam Irving (Spontaneous Sherlock & Spontaneous Potter) about his experience of the Dunblane School massacre. Sam was a pupil at the Dunblane Primary school when the massacre occurred in 1996. As ever we talk grief, processing trauma after many years + Bob Dylan.
    Here is the list of organisations that Sam mentions in the show:
    - Change The Ref - empowering young people to enact societal change, particularly around gun regulation and the NRA. Founded by the parents of one of the Parkland victims.
    https://changetheref.org/ 
    - Newtown Action Alliance - founded by Newtown residents after the Sandy Hook massacre. Pushing for legislative and cultural change to reduce gun violence.
    https://www.newtownactionalliance.org/
    - March For Our Lives - a student-led volunteer group campaigning for an end to gun violence
    https://marchforourlives.com/ 
    - Gun Control Network - UK-based non-profit founded after the Dunblane massacre, pushing for further gun control measures in the UK.
    http://gun-control-network.org/gun-control-network

    You can follow Sam's improv troupe @thespontplayers on Twitter or for more info head to:
    https://www.thespontaneousplayers.com/
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast

    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 49 min
    Griefcast Live: London Podcast Festival 2021 (Dan Schreiber, Brona C Titley, Ola Labib)

    Griefcast Live: London Podcast Festival 2021 (Dan Schreiber, Brona C Titley, Ola Labib)

    This week we have a speail LIVE episode, which we recorded in front of actual people (who were socially distanced + weairng masks), but it was SO much fun to be back out able to talk about grief and death as truthfully as we can. I'm joined by comedian + podcaster Dan Schrieber (No Such Thing As A Fish, Qi), writer + actor Brona C Titley (Tracey breaks The News, The Last Leg) and stand up comedian Ola Labib (Funny Women, The Dog Ate My Homework). As ever we chat grief, blowing up our own dead corpse like it's a balloon + picking up a date at a funeral.
    You can follow Dan on twitter @schrieberland, Brona @bronactitely and Ola @TheOlaLabib
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast
    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Kristoffer Hughes

    Kristoffer Hughes

    This week Cariad talks to Kristoffer Hughes. Kristoffer is not only a writer, he is also a death services professional, a Druid and a Drag Queen, the perfect Griefcast guest. Kristoffer spoke to Cariad about his little sister who died when she was twenty-two of SUDEP, his Nain (grandma) who died this year and his Dad - as well as his work in mortuaries and at funerals. As ever we talk grief, tethering down pain + the privilege of being part of the end of a narrative.
    You can follow Kristoffer on twitter @kristofferHugh2
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast

    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Yola

    Yola

    This week Cariad talks to grammy-nominated singer + actor, Yola (Stand For Myself, Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the forthcoming Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic) about her mum, who died of Motor Neurone disease whilst they were estranged. As ever we talk grief, boundaries + Linkedin.
    You can follow Yola on twitter @iamyola and instagram @iamyolaofficial. Her new album Stand For Myself is available to buy and stream now (and is brilliant).
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast

    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Arlene Phillips

    Arlene Phillips

    This week Cariad talks to showbiz legend, dancer and choreographer Arlene Phillips (Hot Gossip, Strictly Come Dancing) about her mum, who passed away when she was fifteen and the very close friends she lost during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. As ever we talk grief, guilt + snowflakes.
    You can follow Arlene on twitter + instagram @ArlenePhillips.
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast

    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Ajapa82 ,

Kristoffer Hughes

Amazing episode!! Particularly loved Kristoffer’s view on people at funerals who say they don’t know if they’ll cope….he offers a simple solution, “just don’t” what a great way to let go and just feel your grief and deal with your emotions

vip Fran. ,

The Club you never want to Join!

I had listened to this before I Joined the Club. I joined the club this year, and I’m glad that the thoughts and feelings that I’m going through aren’t that strange?!! I just want to add how moving Arlene Phillips episode was, I lost 2 people to covid last year and I was struck by how similar our experiences were. I’m so glad that I’d discovered this podcast before the surreal madness happened!
Thanks so much. x

V Munday ,

In the Beginning….

The first podcast helpful and with zany humour. TY

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