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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 • 297 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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    Yrsa Daley-Ward

    Yrsa Daley-Ward

    This week Cariad talks to writer Yrsa Daley-Ward (The How, Beyonce's Black is King, Bone) about her mum, who died when she was twenty-two and her grandmother, who helped raise her and passed away this year. As ever we talk about grief, death lessons + commonality of pain.
    You can follow Yrsa on Instagram @yrsadaleyward and her new book, The How, is available to buy now.
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast
    This is the last episode of season 8, thank you so much for listening and we'll be back in the New Year!
    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 55 min
    Jimmy Carr

    Jimmy Carr

    This week Cariad talks to stand-up comedian, writer + TV presenter Jimmy Carr about his mum, who died of pancreatitis when Jimmy was in his twenties. Jimmy has recently written a book, Before and Laughter, about his experience of being a stand-up and how his mum's death taught him to value the present moment. As ever we talk grief, acceptance + Spotify playlists.
    You can follow Jimmy on twitter @JimmyCarr and his book, Before And Laughter, is available to buy now. For more information on Jimmy's stand up, touring + writing, click here: https://linktr.ee/JimmyCarr
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast
    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Hilma Wolitzer

    Hilma Wolitzer

    This week Cariad talks to writer Hilma Wolitzer (Today A Woman Went Mad In The Supermarket) about her husband, Morty, who died from Covid at the start of the pandemic in 2020. Hilma also suffered from Covid herself, but survived and at ninety-one was inspired to write again after Morty's death. As ever we talk grief, the kindness of doctors + finding pyjamas.
    You can follow Hilma on twitter @HilmaWolitzer and her book is available to buy now,
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast
    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 43 min
    Séamas O'Reilly

    Séamas O'Reilly

    This week Cariad talks to writer + journalist Séamas O'Reilly (Have Ye Heard Mammy Died?) about his mum, who died from breast cancer when Séamas was just five years old. Séamas is one of eleven children, and talks this week about how they coped as a family and how his dad held the world together for them all. as ever we talk grief, surviving using humour + toilet rolls.
    You can follow Séamas on twitter @shockproofbeats and his book is available to buy now.
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast
    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Sara Seager

    Sara Seager

    This week Cariad talks to astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, Sara Seager. Sara is the author of the beautiful memoir, The Smallest Lights in the Universe. Sara spoke to me about the death of her husband from cancer when she was just forty. As ever we talk grief, exoplanets + the emotional debt of grief.
    You can follow Sara on twitter @ProfSaraSeager, her book is published by Penguin Random House and is available to buy now.
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast
    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

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    • 54 min
    Sam Irving

    Sam Irving

    This week Cariad talks to improviser and actor Sam Irving (Spontaneous Sherlock & Spontaneous Potter) about his experience of the Dunblane School massacre. Sam was a pupil at the Dunblane Primary school when the massacre occurred in 1996. As ever we talk grief, processing trauma after many years + Bob Dylan.
    Here is the list of organisations that Sam mentions in the show:
    - Change The Ref - empowering young people to enact societal change, particularly around gun regulation and the NRA. Founded by the parents of one of the Parkland victims.
    https://changetheref.org/ 
    - Newtown Action Alliance - founded by Newtown residents after the Sandy Hook massacre. Pushing for legislative and cultural change to reduce gun violence.
    https://www.newtownactionalliance.org/
    - March For Our Lives - a student-led volunteer group campaigning for an end to gun violence
    https://marchforourlives.com/ 
    - Gun Control Network - UK-based non-profit founded after the Dunblane massacre, pushing for further gun control measures in the UK.
    http://gun-control-network.org/gun-control-network

    You can follow Sam's improv troupe @thespontplayers on Twitter or for more info head to:
    https://www.thespontaneousplayers.com/
    You can follow the Griefcast on Twitter + Instagram @thegriefcast

    Griefcast is hosted by Cariad Lloyd, edited by Kate Holland, recorded at Whistledown Studios (or Cariad's living room in lockdown), artwork is by Jayde Perkin and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.
    Rose D'or Nominee 2019, Podcast of the Year 2018, Best Podcast ARIA's 2018.
    Apple Podcast Spotlight pick for October 2021
    "the pandemic's most important podcast" Telegraph
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/griefcast.

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
297 Ratings

297 Ratings

Tims4Life ,

Helpful

I lost my dad to COVID-19 on December 15, 2020 and this podcast has been helpful. Thank you Cariad ❤️

jskaratha ,

Love this show

This podcast has been invaluable to me since my mom died a year ago. I’ve also found unexpected solace regarding my dad’s death 20+ years ago. Every story, no matter how similar or not to my own, provided wisdom and comfort. And often laughs too.

nice sunny day ,

Grief

This podcast would have been helpful after I losf my mom when I was in my 20s. But. After listing my son in my 40s, that’s a whole different ballgame.

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