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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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    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Episodes
  • Jul 26 2022

    This week Cariad talks to stand-up comedian Ed Byrne, about his younger brother, Paul. Paul died at the age of 44, following complications from Hodgkin's Lymphoma and previous damage to his liver. I spoke to Ed just three months after Paul had passed away, so this a very raw and fresh conversation about early grief. As ever we talk about grief, being in a music video and who gets the jokes.


    You can find out more about Ed and his gigs at https://edbyrne.com and you can follow him on twitter @MrEdByrne. 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 and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.


    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published 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.


    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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    57 mins
  • Jul 19 2022

    Trigger Warning: Suicide


    This week Cariad talks to stand-up comedian + writer Marise Gaughan about her dad, Tommy. Marise was just fourteen when her father first attempted suicide and twenty-three when he finally took his own life. In her recent memoir, Trouble, she recounts her life living with him as an alcoholic and the incredible close and difficult relationship they had. As ever we talk grief, horniness + Hollywood endings.


    You can buy Marise's memoir, Trouble, now. For more information on all her gigs and writing head to https://www.marisegaughan.com or follow her on Twitter @marisecomedy. 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 and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.


    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published 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.


    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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    51 mins
  • Jul 12 2022

    This week Cariad talks to screenwriter, actor + author, Emma Kennedy (The Tent, The Bucket & Me, BBC sitcom The Kennedy's) about her mum, Brenda, who died in 2014. Brenda suffered from undiagnosed mental illness and three years after her death, Emma discovered a suitcase of letters she had written to her, which formed the basis of her new book, Letters From Brenda. As ever we talk grief, terrible cooking + missing the wild one.


    You can buy Emma's new book, Letters From Brenda, now. For more information on all her projects, click here: https://www.emmakennedy.co.uk

    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 and the music is provided by The Glue Ensemble. And remember, you are not alone.


    Cariad's book, You Are Not Alone, is published 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.


    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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I just lost my father in May of 2020, and I am still struggling so hard with it. He lived with me for 7 almost 8 years and I had my youngest daughter. They were the BEST of friends and I hate that he's gone and she lost that. I'm so lost in grief and some days are better than others and this podcast really vocalizes what I feel. This is one club I NEVER wanted to be apart and I hate that I am. I just wish I could bring him back for 5 minutes. anyways, this is a great podcast to listen and help with the grief process. I cry off and on listening to it but it always makes me feel a tiny bit better. so thank you! ❤