13 episodes

Two dads discussing baby loss, coping with life, and working their way through grief. In the aftermath of losing babies, Liam and Matt found there was no support specifically aimed at dads to help them process their grief, prepare for what was to come next, and help them to support their partners. So, they've teamed up to create this podcast for other dads (and families) which shows a bereaved father's perspective and provides the tools to help them on their journey with grief.

If you would like to contact us you can do so via our social media pages (@dadstillstanding) or email dadstillstandingpodcast@gmail.com.

Dad Still Standing Liam Preston & Matt Dearsley

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Two dads discussing baby loss, coping with life, and working their way through grief. In the aftermath of losing babies, Liam and Matt found there was no support specifically aimed at dads to help them process their grief, prepare for what was to come next, and help them to support their partners. So, they've teamed up to create this podcast for other dads (and families) which shows a bereaved father's perspective and provides the tools to help them on their journey with grief.

If you would like to contact us you can do so via our social media pages (@dadstillstanding) or email dadstillstandingpodcast@gmail.com.

    Father's Day Special

    Father's Day Special

    The dads are back after a little hiatus and returning for an episode all about coping with Father's Day.  Whether it is your first Father's Day after losing your baby or your 20th, the emotions can still feel the same. 
    So, alongside delving into their own experiences, Liam and Matt chat through the best ways to cope with the pressures the day can bring, give out their top five tips for dads, and offer advice on how family and friends can support you. 
    Whatever you do, take care on Father's Day and remember that however you feel, it is the right way to feel for you.

    • 44 min
    Saying goodbye to your baby

    Saying goodbye to your baby

    In this episode of the podcast, the dads discuss an important part of the grief journey - how we say that final goodbye to our babies.  Depending on your circumstances and type of loss, you may or may not have had to plan a funeral for your child. 
    Matt & Liam discuss both of these experiences, having held funerals and not held funerals for their children. Discussing all the difficult questions; whether to hold a funeral? where to lay your child to rest? what the ceremony should be like? and do you invite people to the funeral? 
    The dads speak vividly about their own experiences and this might invoke memories of what has happened to you. As always, take care of yourselves and listen, however, you feel comfortable. 
    If you would like to get in touch with the show visit www.dadstillstanding.com or email dadstillstandingpodcast@gmail.com.
    You can also follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram - @dadstillstanding.

    • 54 min
    Bereavement without borders

    Bereavement without borders

    The dads begin 2022 with Season 2 of the podcast. Joined this week by a very special guest - Raul Navarro Jr - a listener all the way from California. 
    This episode focuses on how bereavement doesn't discriminate, and that the experiences of dads in London, Lisbon, Lahore, or Los Angeles can be incredibly similar. We can be from distant cities but our grief feels the same - we can live in different time zones but have the same sleepless nights.
    The show is part of a special episode filmed with the BBC and in it, Raul shares his story about his son Isaac and the impact of his life on their family.
    Given the subject matter this episode might be distressing for some people, so please do listen at your own pace and however you feel comfortable. 
    A million thanks to Raul for sharing his story and we hope to share more of your stories soon.

    • 41 min
    Navigating the nativities

    Navigating the nativities

    While amazing and full of spirit, Christmas and other seasonal holidays can also cause a lot of emotional pain. A reminder our babies are not with us at a time when we are forced to act merry!
    Matt and Liam spend this episode chatting through all their tips on how to navigate the nativities and sidestep the Santas. 

    • 54 min
    Supporting Siblings

    Supporting Siblings

    There are many ways in which baby loss leaves you unprepared. One of the most unexpected is having to tell a child that their brother or sister has died. 
    Matt and Liam have both experienced this challenge, in different circumstances and with differing results. When the podcast was first dreamt up this was an episode that they both were keen to do. 
    Joining them to talk through their work is Kirsty, the founder of sibling support charity Naya's Wish. Naya's Wish was set up after Kirsty's and her husband Brent's daughter, Naya, was stillborn in January 2019.
    Hear Kirsty, Matt, and Liam explore their own journeys in telling their other children; what worked, what didn't, and the advice they would give to anyone who has to do it in the future.
    For more information about Naya's Wish visit https://www.nayaswish.com/

    • 1 hr
    Family and Friends

    Family and Friends

    We know that friends and family play such an important role in the healing process and can be crucial to our journeys through grief. However, their close proximity to our pain doesn't necessarily mean that they are always helpful or support us in the way that we would like.
    In this episode, Liam and Matt discuss how friends and family can be more supportive in the immediate days after a loss and also in the months and years to follow. Through exploring their own experiences of good and bad support they offer advice on how to broach the subject with friends and family who are not giving you what you need.
    For anyone who wants to be more supportive, the dads also provide some guidance on how to help someone you know who has lost a baby.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

basikally ,

Helpful show

I’ve only just started my grieving process, but have already found some kind of solace in the first three episodes that I’ve listened to so far. We just lost our first child last week (he was born very prematurely and left this life at 12 days old).

It’s comforting to hear from two parents who’ve had very similar experiences, discussing some of the very confusing/frustrating things that no one ever talks about, like leaving the hospital after such an emotional event.

redproject ,

Well done

I’ve lost two babies 1 this year and one in 2020 and this podcast helped tremendously. They are real and authentic. They give good advice and it’s nice to hear Dads talk about this. I would highly recommend it.

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