More podcasts are springing up about grief so you can create your own grief radio station and hear voices of experience any time you need it.
If you’re new to podcasts, don’t worry. If you’re reading this on a computer, tablet or phone, you already have all the technology you need. Your device probably came with a default podcast app, so just tap or click on that and search away. Or most podcasts can also be found through their producer’s websites so links to those are included below.
You can download them for listening offline, or just listen without downloading. Subscribe so that you automatically receive each new episode or dip in and out as you please. Some want listeners to participate through social media – a bit like radio phone-ins – while others are just for listening to.
There’s something for all tastes so happy exploring!
This podcast is based on a new book of the same name, by Julia Samuel. Julia is a psychotherapist and founder patron of Child Bereavement UK. She was awarded an MBE for her work in supporting bereaved people and her podcast shows her in conversation with four former clients. The conversations are very frank and there’s none of the bland, one-size-fits-all type of phrases and ideas that are so common in bereavement books. Julia’s website is packed full of useful resources and invites readers to send in their stories too.
The website: https://griefworks.co.uk
The podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1218890840
The comedian Cariad Lloyd is one of the guests on GriefWorks. On her own podcast she talks to other comedians about their experiences of grief. So far the losses discussed are about parents, siblings, grandparents and friends, so this might be one to recommend to other members of your family.
The podcast: https://www.acast.com/griefcast
What’s Your Grief
Were these guys first on the grief podcast scene? I’m not sure but they’re into their second season now so there are lots of great episodes to go back and catch up with. Expect to find all aspects of grief covered by Litsa and Eleanor, the Baltimore-based mental health professionals behind the encyclopaedic website of the same name.
The podcast: https://whatsyourgrief.com/grief-podcast/
Terrible, Thanks for Asking
Nora McInerny is the whirlwind behind this podcast. It’s not exclusively about grief but it is about talking honestly about emotional pain. Each episode has an E for explicit content warning. There is a lot of listener participation. And if you love her style, you’ll also love her book, It’s Okay To Laugh (Crying Is Okay Too), about the death of husband, dad and a miscarriage, all happening within the space of a few weeks.
The podcast: http://www.noraborealis.com/podcast/
So far Megan of Refuge in Grief doesn’t have her own podcast but her website lists the podcasts on which she’s been a guest, which is the next best thing.
First published in Issue 15, Widows and Widowers magazine