This new podcast series, hosted by Alby and Clemmie, aims to break the silence around grief between friends, one curious question at a time.
These two friends, drawn together through a shared experience of losing a parent when young, are joined by experts in their field who share their own personal stories of loss. Together, they hope to open the conversation about grief, and get friends asking about the octopus.
Does your friend have an octopus, and you don’t know what to say? Ask a curious question, like "how is today?"🐙
Amber Jeffrey & Clemmie
In this episode, Clemmie is joined by the eternally sunny and charismatic Amber Jeffrey. If you're already a member of 'the gang' (the one you never asked to be part of, but that everyone joins anyway), then you might already know Amber.
She's the founder of The Grief Gang, a community for grievers that shares the How Is Today? mission. And the mission of so many other grief organizations: to break the taboo around grief and start a great conversation about grief. Thank you to Amber for helping us break the silence around grief and show friends who haven't gone through it, how to talk about it.
As always, thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy it, learn from it and pay it forward. And remember, it doesn't matter if you don't know what to say, just ask your friend a curious question like "how is today?".
Follow us on Instagram @ how.istoday and share your story with us - we're listening.
This podcast is a collaboration between Alby Shale and Clemmie Clough, edited by Freddie Clough. Original artwork and brand genius is by Guzzie Armitage and Samantha Jones.
Alby & Hari Balasubramanian
In this episode Alby speaks to Hari Balasubramanian, Managing Partner at EcoAdvisors & Founder at EcoInvestors Capital about his experience with loss and grief after losing his dad during the the worst terrorist attack in Canadian history. For practically the first time, Hari speaks about losing his dad on Air India Flight 182 when he was just 5 years old. In this episode Hari’s candour and courage is palpable. As is the love he has for his mum who, in his own words, is the ‘star of the show’.
This episode reinforces how important it is to have a community who can have difficult conversations with you when you are grieving. Whilst no grief journey is the same it is becoming clear to us through stories like Hari’s that grief can be ameliorated by people learning how to talk about it.
Alby & Clemmie: Welcome to Season 2!
The ‘How Is Today’ podcast is back with a second season after a (much-needed) hiatus! Join us as we welcome four new incredible people to the podcast to learn from their stories of loss, strength and resilience.
In this episode, Alby and Clemmie reflect back on the bizarre, but brave, experience of recording their story on tape, so their family and friends could hear it; the welcome surprise that thousands of people were listening and following (thank you!); and of what’s next to come.
As always, thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy it, learn from it and pay it forward. And remember, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what to say, just ask your friend a curious question like “how is today?”
Follow How Is Today on Instagram @ how.is.today and share your story with us, we're listening.
The podcast is a collaboration between Alby Shale and Clemmie Clough, edited by Freddie Clough, recorded in person and remotely. Original artwork and brand genius was by Guzzie Armitage and Samantha Jones.
Zak Williams & Alby Shale
In this episode, Alby speaks to the amicable, compassionate, entrepreneurial and zealous Zak Williams - investor, mental health advocate, entrepreneur and the son of our childhood hero, Robin Williams.
"I appreciate How Is Today. I think it really helps set better context and helps open up the present. Where one stands and how they feel. Where their place is in this world at this moment in time. It's important."
This episode concludes the six part inaugural series of "How Is Today?", the first podcast about grief made for people who haven't been through it. Breaking the silence around grief between friends, one curious question at a time. And with the help of an octopus...
Please join us on Instagram where we'll be keeping the conversation going. And releasing news of Season Two in the new year.
We hope you enjoyed it, learnt from it and keep paying it forward.
Dr Leyla Hussein OBE & Alby Shale
In this episode Alby speaks to the brilliant Leyla Hussein - a social activist and psychotherapist who is a founder and executive at numerous non-profit organisations, has a doctorate, an OBE and (finally) 12 fatwas to her name...
With such rich personal and professional history, Dr Leyla OBE speaks through various different lenses in this episode. From her experience losing her father in her 20s (and not being allowed as a woman to attend the burial - the "kind of b******t" she's fighting), to how she looks at the 12 fatwas against her, to how she approaches self-care for her grief and includes friends in those moments.
This is a fascinating discussion, we hope you enjoy it 🙏
Benj Pasek & Alby Shale
In this episode Alby speaks to Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriter Benj Pasek, best known for his work on La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen, the play that inspired this conversation. In this conversation, Benj explores how our modern society, characterised by a lack of community and connection, pushes people to alternative ways of connection through the prism of grief. And explains how, when people are moving through real pain, whether in moments of depression or grief, we should resist from jumping into action and fixing: "instead of throwing a rope down a well to lift someone out, it's better to climb down and just sit with them". We hope you enjoy it.
Wonderful chat with Clemmie and Andrew, honest and thought provoking!
It’s helping my grief thank you x
Clemmie and Nat - bravo girls- such a refreshingly honest and extraordinarily open conversation. You are two brave girls and your Mum would be so proud of what you have both achieved / onward and upwards girls. Hope the wedding is the happiest of days.
Warm and empathetic
A sweet, moving conversation about grief and how to talk to people experiencing it. Abby and Clem speak with such empathy and warmth, and I will definitely be asking my friends, “how is today?”