A big week for bereavement phone-ins

Tonight BBC1 will broadcast footballer Rio Ferdinand’s documentary about raising three children after being widowed.


This week bereavement is a talking point on radio shows and in the press. As always, many bereaved people taking part say that what helped them most was hearing from other bereaved people. We couldn’t agree more so we’ve rounded up of some of the good ones that you can find online.


Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, BBC1, 28th March 9pm and on iPlayer

Lookout for the hashtag #BeingMumAndDad



Woman’s Hour, Radio 4, 28th March, 10-10.45am

As part of a series on single parents, Cherry Healey interviews a widowed dad called Ed, on raising his son and juggling work and single parenthood after his wife died. He describes a four-year struggle with his employers, which ended in him leaving to become self-employed. This show can also be downloaded as a podcast



Call You and Yours, Radio 4, 28th March, 12.15-1pm

The whole episode is dedicated to listeners phoning in to talk about what helped them cope with bereavement. The majority of calls are from widows and widowers but there are also people who’ve experienced multiple bereavements in a short space of time, as well as the death of parents, and the death of a child. The show’s presenters also read out emails sent in by listeners. This show can also be downloaded as a podcast



5 live Daily, Radio 5 Live, 27th March, 10am-1pm

Rio Ferdinand talks briefly about the documentary and his children. The interview is covered on the BBC’s website



This Morning, ITV,

Jeff Brazier, television presenter, life coach and dad of bereaved children, talks about bereavement and they have an interview with Rio Ferdinand. Available on catch-up services




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