19 episodes

Welcome to Stolen Goodbyes with Karen Rice, foreign affairs journalist and podcaster. 
Each week inspiring wives, husbands, partners, children and newly weds intimately recount the shock and anguish of death without warning to COVID 19 whilst never having the chance to say goodbye. 
Forced to grieve in isolation, they detail needless mistakes and decisions that cost lives including patients being placed on Covid hospital wards when they were Covid free or others condemned to an early death by the secret use of Do Not Resuscitate forms. Some were left to die alone, the ultimate social taboo. 
This global podcast is a social history record of the wide spread suffering caused by the Corona virus pandemic of 2020, an infection that changed the world as we know it. 
The participants of this podcast have bared their souls in a bid to stop their loved ones being written off as just another statistic when they were much loved individuals whose premature deaths could help to save others from the same fate while holding those responsible to account.  

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Stolen Goodbyes Karen Rice

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Welcome to Stolen Goodbyes with Karen Rice, foreign affairs journalist and podcaster. 
Each week inspiring wives, husbands, partners, children and newly weds intimately recount the shock and anguish of death without warning to COVID 19 whilst never having the chance to say goodbye. 
Forced to grieve in isolation, they detail needless mistakes and decisions that cost lives including patients being placed on Covid hospital wards when they were Covid free or others condemned to an early death by the secret use of Do Not Resuscitate forms. Some were left to die alone, the ultimate social taboo. 
This global podcast is a social history record of the wide spread suffering caused by the Corona virus pandemic of 2020, an infection that changed the world as we know it. 
The participants of this podcast have bared their souls in a bid to stop their loved ones being written off as just another statistic when they were much loved individuals whose premature deaths could help to save others from the same fate while holding those responsible to account.  

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    Ten months without our husbands

    Ten months without our husbands

    On this episode of the Stolen Goodbyes podcast, Karen talks to Emma Charlesworth in Kent in the UK, and Pamela Addison in New Jersey in the USA, who both lost their husbands to Covid 19 in April 2020. Both of their husbands were in their mid 40s when they died. 
    Despite the distance between them, the women have bonded through a shared sense of loss, support and grief including how both their husbands experienced their first Covid 19 symptoms on the same day, March 22.
    In this special interview, the two friends intimately recount the highs and lows of grief to Covid 19, how they are getting through daily life, how their children are coping and their hopes for the future. 

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    • 50 min
    James D Vance

    James D Vance

    On this episode of the Stolen Goodbyes podcast, Karen is joined by Jerri Vance from West Virginia, USA, who lost her husband James to Covid 19 on New Year’s Day 2021.
    Jerri tells how James spent his life serving others, first in the Marine Corps, and then as a police officer, and was a proud and protective father who always went the extra mile to make his family's lives better. 
    Tragically, Jerri relates how a week after developing a cough, a fit and healthy James had been hospitalised with doctors telling her he had Covid Pneumonia which made his lungs look like blown glass. 
    Jerri heartbreakingly shares how she always believed James was coming home and that doctors believed they could save his life, saying James was: “supposed to be our success story.”
    After his death, Jerri discovered phone messages in which James told friends how scared he was, but he never revealed his fear to his family, their protector to the last. 

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    • 39 min
    Irma Marquez en Español

    Irma Marquez en Español

    En este episodio del podcast Despedidas Robadas, Karen está acompañada por el guatemalteco Mauro Márquez, quien perdió a su madre Irma, de 72 años, a causa del Covid 19, en Oklahoma, Estados Unidos, el 10 de enero de 2021.
    En un episodio desgarrador, Mauro cuenta cómo compartían una relación muy estrecha, ya que su madre era sorda y dependía de él para entender el mundo, mientras que ella le ayudaba con su miopía.
    Trágicamente, Mauro explica cómo esta madre tan generosa no pudo comunicarse con los médicos cuando enfermó de Covid 19, ni pudo leer los labios porque todo el personal médico llevaba mascarillas.
    Mauro también cree que el Covid 19 ha impedido a su madre cumplir sus últimos deseos de ser enterrada con su difunto marido en Guatemala.

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    • 37 min
    Irma Marquez

    Irma Marquez

    On this episode of the Stolen Goodbyes podcast, Karen is joined by Guatemalan Mauro Marquez who lost his mother Irma, 72, to Covid 19, in Oklahoma, in the United States, on January 10, 2021. 
    In a heart rending episode, Mauro recounts how they shared a very close relationship as his mother was deaf and relied on him to make sense of the world, while she helped him with his short sightedness. 
    Tragically, Mauro explains how this most giving of mothers was unable to communicate with doctors when she fell ill with Covid 19, nor could she lip read as all the medical staff wore masks.
    Mauro also feels Covid 19 has prevented his mother from realising her last wishes to be buried with her late husband in Guatemala. 


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    • 34 min
    Muriel Bonner

    Muriel Bonner

    On this episode of The Stolen Goodbyes Podcast, Karen interviews Gordon Bonner, whose wife Muriel died on the 28th of April 2020. Gordon touchingly relates how they were long-distance pen pals before they embarked on a marriage that lasted for 63 years. Gordon was Muriel’s full-time carer after she developed dementia and before she was admitted to a care home after suffering a fall. Gordon movingly relates his anguish at being locked out of the care home before Muriel contracted Covid 19, the care home's lack of PPE and Muriel's titanic struggle for air before she finally succumbed to the virus. Although Gordon says he is now left in the hinterlands of despair and loneliness, he reminds us that grief is a price we pay for love.
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    • 35 min
    Goff (Godfrey) Smith

    Goff (Godfrey) Smith

    On this episode of the Stolen Goodbyes podcast, Karen sits down with Jane Smith who lost her husband Goff to Covid-19 in April 2020. Jane talks about the reputation Goff had in their town of Farringdon, Oxfordshire, as a first responder and painfully revisits the days and hours prior to his passing. A larger than life character, Goff loved nothing better than helping people out. Jane is comforted by the fact Goff didn’t suffer, but she feels guilty about the fact she couldn’t be with him in his final days.
    Jane has had post-traumatic stress counselling to deal with the manner of her husband’s death. She feels that if the Government had locked down a fortnight earlier, Goff would still be here.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Jespers Hill ,

Goodbye Gof.

My husband died from COVID on the 4th of April last year. My podcast was played last week on our son’s birthday. I listened early in the morning so that I wasn’t upset for Matthew to see on what was going to be a difficult day without his father!
Karen gave me the opportunity to say goodbye in the only way I could. Yes there were a few tears but there was joy!
Joy that I had done all I could for Gof. Joy that I could tell his story. Joy that I could honour him. It has helped me more than anything else and for that I shall always be grateful.
There are now thousands of us who could not say goodbye. We live with unfinished business. We live with guilt, disbelief and sorry.
Thank you Karen for taking up our cause. We are not just a number, a society that no one wants to join. We are people and above all our loved ones were people. People we can honour with your help. Jane R Smith.

Shelly Weeks ,

Reality !!!

The sad reality of Covid -19 by real people who have been affected beyond repair , cried through the whole thing 💛😢 For all the non believers, please listen to the people who’s lives have changed forever x

W5xxx ,

Amazing & Heartfelt stories

I found this podcast extremely moving & send my prays, and love to everyone involved - extremely courageous of Karen and the families that have suffered the loss of their family members during COVID-19

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