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...


episode 155: 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. 

- Newtown Action Alliance - founded by Newtown residents after the Sandy Hook massacre. Pushing for legislative and cultural change to reduce gun violence.

- March For Our Lives - a student-led volunteer group campaigning for an end to gun violence 

- Gun Control Network - UK-based non-profit founded after the Dunblane massacre, pushing for further gun control measures in the UK.

You can follow Sam's improv troupe @thespontplayers on Twitter or for more info head to:

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.

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