182 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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    • 4.6 • 324 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
Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    Layla F Saad

    Layla F Saad

    This week Cariad talks to to author, speaker & teacher Layla F Saad (Me and White Supremacy) about her two uncles she lost in the last few years. As ever we talk grief, the rituals that can guide us + creating change.
    You can follow Layla on Instagram @laylafsaad
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
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    • 55 min
    James Runcie

    James Runcie

    This week Cariad talks to writer James Runcie (Grantchester Mysteries) about his wife Marilyn who died of MND in 2020. As ever we talk grief, language + bath mats.
    You can follow James on Twitter @james_runcie and Instagram @jamesrunciewriter
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 54 min
    Jon Ransom

    Jon Ransom

    This week Cariad talks to writer Jon Ransom about both his mum and his dad. As ever we talk grief, picnics and the power of a coat from a distance.
    You can follow Jon on Twitter @JonLRansom and Instagram @jonlransom
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 51 min
    Tom Rosenthal

    Tom Rosenthal

    This week Cariad talks to the brilliant musician Tom Rosenthal about his dad. As ever we talk grief, blended families & how you never quite know until it's here.
    You can find out more about Tom here http://tomrosenthal.co.uk/ and you can follow him on Twitter @tomrosenthal and Instagram @tomrosenthal1
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 57 min
    Yomi Sode

    Yomi Sode

    This week I'm talking to the incredible poet and playwright Yomi Sode about his grandma's sister, Big Mummy. As ever we talk grief, the hierarchies and what really being there looks like.
    You can find out more about Yomi here https://yomisode.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter @YomiSode and Instagram @yomi_sode
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight choice for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 57 min
    Isabelle Farah

    Isabelle Farah

    TW: suicide.
    This week I’m talking to stand up comedian, writer and actor, Isabelle Farah, about her cousin, Jen. As ever we talk grief, the Edinburgh festival and the light on the anniversary.
    You can find out more about Isabelle here https://www.isabellefarah.com/ and you can follow her on twitter @irresponsabelle and Instagram @irresponsabelle
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast. Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded remotely in Cariad's living room, artwork is by Jayde Perkin, stop motion social media clips by Alice Loveday and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published in January 2023, by Bloomsbury Tonic and available for pre-order now.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/you-are-not-alone/cariad-lloyd/9781526621832
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight choice for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
324 Ratings

324 Ratings

CG0612 ,

Helpful

My mom passed 8 months ago and listening to this podcast has been so comforting. I really love the frank honesty of the conversations. Listening feels like hanging out with friends. Thanks so much for doing this podcast!

Meritad ,

Lifesaver

Cariad and The Griefcast have been a literal lifesaver for me in this first year of grief. I shudder to think where I would be now, grieving a painful and shocking death during a pandemic, if it wasn’t for this podcast. It’s like attending group therapy but I don’t have to talk. My only suggestion is more listening and less interrupting of the guests, sometimes I feel like the guest was going to continue on with their train of thought and then it gets sidelined and I’m sat wondering what they wanted to say. I have this comment for many podcast hosts as well, that making affirming sounds or statements (like “yes, yes” or “hmm” etc) can be very distracting as I can’t then hear what the guest is saying and I’ve missed it, and I can also tell when the guest is about to be interrupted because I’ll hear a sharp intake of breath from the host and I’m often saying out loud, “please let the guest talk // finish speaking”. And often we don’t need a summary of what the guest just said. Don’t get me wrong, I still give the podcast 5 stars but I’ve noticed this with many hosts (even Oprah!) who sometimes dilute the amazing and valuable experience with these unconscious behaviors, and I often feel like I didn’t hear as much as I wanted from the guest who was willing to share even more. I hope this constructive comment is taken well and thank you for continuing on with the series!

Nanaweya ,

Refreshing

I just recently lost my mom on March 31,2022 to a terrible accident. I’m 23 and she was only 47 and my best friend in the whole world. The last few weeks have been a blur of emotions and I listened to the last episode with Yrsa talking about her mother and her grandmother and the wave of emotions you both experienced and mentioned were just so refreshing to hear. I feel not so alone in my grief. I am the middle of 5 children and our youngest brother is only 15, we celebrated his birthday without her this week. So it was a much needed listen.Thank you.

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