22 episodes

Welcome to the award-winning 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 to Covid 19 without warning or goodbye.
Forced to grieve in isolation, these people 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 unique, 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 from 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. 
This Covid 19 podcast has helped participants and listeners to come to terms with a grief like no other.
Created, produced and hosted by Karen Rice, the Stolen Goodbyes podcast won gold in the fiercely competitive Best Lockdown category of the British Podcast Award 2021.
Stolen Goodbyes is described as: "outstanding ethical and trauma-informed journalism. Karen Rice manages to capture a historic event in real-time by listening with empathy. Future generations will listen to this podcast and know what it felt like to live through this pandemic." Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma.
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Stolen Goodbyes Karen Rice

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Welcome to the award-winning 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 to Covid 19 without warning or goodbye.
Forced to grieve in isolation, these people 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 unique, 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 from 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. 
This Covid 19 podcast has helped participants and listeners to come to terms with a grief like no other.
Created, produced and hosted by Karen Rice, the Stolen Goodbyes podcast won gold in the fiercely competitive Best Lockdown category of the British Podcast Award 2021.
Stolen Goodbyes is described as: "outstanding ethical and trauma-informed journalism. Karen Rice manages to capture a historic event in real-time by listening with empathy. Future generations will listen to this podcast and know what it felt like to live through this pandemic." Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma.
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    Boris Johnson - Delayed Lockdown

    Boris Johnson - Delayed Lockdown

    In this special episode, people who lost their loved ones to Covid 19 in the first wave of the pandemic recount how Boris Johnson's delayed lockdown in early 2020, has impacted their lives forever.
    The UK's first confirmed cases were on 31 January 2020 but Johnson waited almost another two months before performing a screeching u-turn to put the country into full lockdown on March 23. This was all too late for the following people:
    Linsey Simmonds who lost her father Kevin Morans on May 3, Eileen McNamee lost her mother Anna Shewan on May 21, Jane Smith who lost husband Gof on April 4, Sally Gardiner who lost husband of four months Trevor on April 27, Carole Caudwell who lost her mother Irene Cain on April 15, and Debbie Lewis who lost her father Barry on April 5.
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    • 25 min
    Boris Johnson - Partygate

    Boris Johnson - Partygate

    On this special episode of the Stolen Goodbyes podcast, people who lost their loved ones to Covid 19 in the first wave of the pandemic give their view on the Partygate revelations surrounding Boris Johnson and his government and Johnson's so-called 'Freedom Day' of 24 February 2020.
    Johnson is currently refusing to say whether he will resign if he is fined by the police for breaking Covid 19 lockdown laws with a string of parties at Downing Street. Since the party revelations emerged, Johnson's story has changed from claiming all guidance at No10 was followed to him admitting he attended parties but thought they were work events and were therefore not against the rules.
    The Covid 19 bereaved intimately recount what they have been through in the past two years: The Stolen Goodbyes, not having sight of their loved ones once they passed, not being able to dress them or have a lock of their hair, no wake, funeral, or memorial, not being unable to hug a loved one due to restrictions, a total lack of support in isolated grief. While they lived and continue to live this nightmare, Downing Street staff enjoyed party time, again and again.
    Guests on this episode are: Linsey Simmonds who lost her father Kevin Morans on May 3, Eileen McNamee lost her mother Anna Shewan on May 21, Jane Smith who lost husband Gof on April 4, Sally Gardiner who lost husband of four months Trevor on April 27, Carole Caudwell who lost her mother Irene Cain on April 15, and Debbie Lewis who lost her father Barry on April 5.
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    • 36 min
    Boris Johnson - Trauma

    Boris Johnson - Trauma

    On this special episode of the Stolen Goodbyes podcast, people who lost their loved ones to Covid 19 in the first wave of the pandemic recount how they have been left traumatised by the exceptional circumstances of their loss. They feel they were not only robbed of a loved one but of everything that goes with a death.
    Loss to Covid 19 has been described as a grief like no other. That grief, affecting almost six million families across the world, is yet to be unpacked and understood.
    These amazing people bare their souls in order that the public can truly understand the emotional, mental and physical fall out from Covid 19.
    They are Linsey Simmonds who lost her father Kevin Morans on May 3, Eileen McNamee lost her mother Anna Shewan on May 21, Jane Smith who lost husband Gof on April 4, Sally Gardiner who lost husband of four months Trevor on April 27, Carole Caudwell who lost her mother Irene Cain on April 15, and Debbie Lewis who lost her father Barry on April 5.
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    • 33 min
    Stuart Charlie Charlesworth

    Stuart Charlie Charlesworth

    On this episode of Stolen Goodbyes, Karen speaks to Emma Charlesworth who lost her husband Stuart, more commonly known as Charlie, to COVID 19 at the age of just 45. 
    Emma speaks candidly about how Charlie battled and overcame testicular cancer when he was just 26, only to lose his life to Corona virus less than two decades later.
    Emma speaks movingly of how Charlie walked to an ambulance after suffering an apparent panic attack. Charlie never returned home. A hero dad, he left behind a beloved 10-year-old daughter. 
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    • 35 min
    Martin Addison

    Martin Addison

    Martin and wife Pamela had seven wonderful years together before he fell ill with Covid 19 while working as a speech and language pathologist in New Jersey in the United States. In this episode of Stolen Goodbyes, Pamela recounts how the couple met online and describes how inspiring Martin was as a husband, father and medical professional.
    Martin fell ill with a cough before being admitted to hospital where the initial feedback was very positive. However,his condition deteriorated, and the day he was supposed to get off the ventilator, he contracted an infection. He was just 44 when he died in April this year.
    Pamela relates how a nurse held his hand while Pamela spoke to him over the phone from home. The nurse told her that Martin squeezed her hand when Pamela told him she loved him.
    Pamela struggles with the sadness she feels about the fact their children, a two-year-old daughter and a five month old son, will never know their father. She also worries about their financial future now that Martin is gone.
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    • 31 min
    John Langford

    John Langford

    On this episode of Stolen Goodbyes, Karen speaks to Georgina Forsythe from Warwickshire who lost her fireman father John to Covid 19 on May 7 2020.
    John caught the virus while on a cruise to South America with his wife Linda where they were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. The couple went ahead with the trip at the beginning of March after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised that it was safe to do so.
    A cruel and inhumane set of circumstances ensued which saw Linda forced to leave her sick husband behind in a hospital in Miami while she caught a last flight back to the UK.
    John later died from the virus more than 4,000 miles from home. He was 63.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 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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