Dead Parent Club

The Dead Parent Club is the accessible friend for every young person who has prematurely lost a parent/s.

Losing a parent is an incredibly heartbreaking and isolating experience, particularly when those you would lean on and your social circle don’t feel comfortable speaking about it. 

So, who do you turn to when you need to feel understood and less alone in your grief? The DPC is a community of likeminded young adults who are all grieving a similar loss. The podcast is a safe space for them to listen and share their own experiences.

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Siobhan’s Dad died when she was 30 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's when Siobhan was just 17. She described her Dad’s passing as going through lots of different stages of loss. We talked about the effect this had on her as she navigated her 20s and how she’s coping now a year and a half later. Siobhan tells us about her experience with therapy, how grief affected her friendships and the ways she’s changed over the past 18 months.

This episode was honestly such a pleasure to record and I felt like we were old friends catching up!

Thank you so much, have a lovely week, and keep safe!

You can find Siobhan's account - The Grief Stories here. 

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Patricia from the Instagram out Neshama’s Journey joined me recently to tell her own grief story since losing her Mum from pancreatic cancer in November 2019.

We talk about how difficult the first few weeks are after losing someone, how our relationships with our friends and loved ones can be affected, the importance of speaking out about grief and not letting it be a taboo and how Patricia has found grieving during a global pandemic.

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode.

 

If you find the podcast useful I’d be so grateful if you would consider supporting its future by signing up to donate a monthly amount, from as little as £1 to help me pay for the various services that keep it online. I run it in my free time alongside my job and fund the majority of it myself, but this podcast wouldn’t be here now without the kind donations I’ve received in the past and it would mean the world to me if you could help me to keep it going.

You can find Patricia online here - 

Instagram: @neshamajourney

 

Thank you so much, have a lovely week, and keep safe!

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Patrick is from Phoenix of Arizona and he had lost both of his parents by the age of 23. His Mum died suddenly while they were on a night dive together, and his Dad passed shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

 

In this week’s episode we hear about the circumstances leading toward his parents’ passing and whether he dealt with his grief differently as a 23 year old adult compared to when his Mum died as a teenager.

 

We also discuss why he’s recently started sharing his story more often and the stigma surrounding men that are grieving.

 

Patrick has an incredibly positive and admirable outlook on his life, and he is a loving Father and husband.

 

You guys will love this episode and the important message he tells.

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode.

 

If you find the podcast useful I’d be so grateful if you would consider supporting its future by signing up to donate a monthly amount, from as little as £1 to help me pay for the various services that keep it online. I run it in my free time alongside my job and fund the majority of it myself, but this podcast wouldn’t be here now without the kind donations I’ve received in the past and it would mean the world to me if you could help me to keep it going.

You can find Patrick online here - 

Instagram: patrickoneill1342

Facebook: Patrick O’Neill

Blog: deadweightdotblog.wordpress.com

Thank you so much, have a lovely week, and keep safe!

You can find the podcast on:

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Instagram - @deadparentclubpodcast

Twitter - @dpcpodcast

Email - dpcpodcast@hotmail.com 

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Shenin joined me on the episode recently to tell her own grief story and how working as a Cancer Genetic Counsellor has played a huge part in her journey so far.

 

Her Mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2016, and passed away at the beginning of this year just as the pandemic began.

 

We discuss how interlinked her work life and her personal life are and how she found joy in the other parts of her life.

 

Shenin also speaks about her relationship with her Mum and how difficult it was at times due to her Mum’s struggles with her mental health. In this episode you’ll hear her speak about how she had to put all of those feelings behind her and how she found the strength to support her Mum during those difficult years.

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode.

 

If you find the podcast useful I’d be so grateful if you would consider supporting its future by signing up to donate a monthly amount, from as little as £1 to help me pay for the various services that keep it online. I run it in my free time alongside my job and fund the majority of it myself, but this podcast wouldn’t be here now without the kind donations I’ve received in the past and it would mean the world to me if you could help me to keep it going.

 

Thank you so much, have a lovely week, and keep safe!

You can find the podcast on:

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Instagram - @deadparentclubpodcast

Twitter - @dpcpodcast

Email - dpcpodcast@hotmail.com 

Click here to become a Patron and to support the future of the podcast

 

Kenisha came onto the podcast to tell her own grief story and how becoming an orphan at 24, and feeling as if no one understood her pain, led to her attempted suicide. However, this was the catalyst for a huge and positive change in her life. In this episode Kenisha takes us through her journey to working and living her purpose in life. She is now a Life After Grief speaker, working to help others who are grieving find purpose in their lives - just as she did after losing her parents.

 

@kenishanichelle - Instagram

Kenisha Nichelle - Facebook

Website - kenishanichelle.com

 

Instagram live every Tuesday at 12 o clock - 2 for Tuesday’s - Grief and Motivation Talk

 

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This week we have football commentator, marathon runner, and DPC member Ian Stringer on the podcast alongside my lovely friend and fellow TV and Radio presenter Emma Jones - who you will recognise from some of our previous episodes.

 

Ian’s Mum passed in 2016, after living a difficult life battling alcoholism and a series of abusive relationships.

 

He takes us through his life journey from making the difficult decision to leave the care of his Mum to live with his Dad, to then having to keep his own children away from their grandmother and distancing himself due to the constant battle she fought with alcoholism.

 

This is a beautiful episode, going into the detail of the loss of his Mum and the struggles and joys he faces throughout his grief journey - including re-discovering the love he has for her and the memories he has of his Mum from the times she was sober and how he continues to struggle with the impacts of his grief.

 

We also discuss the impacts of working in a predominantly male environment and who he has reached out to for support, and how beneficial counselling has been for him. Ian specifically highlights the importance of sharing and letting ‘the grief tap drip’ and reads a lovely note out that he found in his Mum’s flat that gives a unique insight into her life and thoughts.

 

This episode may be specifically triggering for some people due to the circumstances surrounding Ian’s Mum’s death - please do reach out to someone for support should you need it.

Catch up with Ian on Twitter and Instagram:

@stringersport

You can find the podcast on:

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Instagram - @deadparentclubpodcast

Twitter - @dpcpodcast

Email - dpcpodcast@hotmail.com 

 

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Hey everyone welcome to this week's episode of the Dead Parent Club podcast!

This week I have the lovely Chelsie on the show from Bereaved at 22.

In this episode we discuss

  • how having people close to you who have suffered a similar loss can be a pillar of strength
  • Struggling with the feeling of guilt when you’re experiencing moments of happiness and learning how you can be happy and grieve simultaneously
  • Holding yourself accountable for your friendships
  • And how Chelsie’s outlook on life has changed since her Dad passed

We also talk about Chelsie’s own grief platform and blog Bereaved at 22 and what she’s setting out to do to support other young grievers.

 

You can find her on Instagram at @bereavedat22 and on YouTube, Facebook, and online via her Bereaved at 22 blog!

 

Get in touch with me via 

Instagram - @deadparentclubpodcast

Facebook - Dead Parent Club

Twitter - @dpcpodcast

Email - dpcpodcast@hotmail.com

Wow - what an episode. This is one of those where I listen back and think oh my god WHAT A PERSON!

Kirsty spoke so amazingly and with so much conviction and thoughtfulness about losing her Mum when she was just 6 months old.

A huge part of this podcast involved speaking about why Kirsty’s grief has reared its head now that she’s in her 20s, after her whole life of never knowing her Mum.

We also discuss family dynamics and feeling guilty for not knowing enough about her Mum, how it impacted her behaviour as a child, getting that ‘fuck’ I don’t have a Mum moment, and how painful grief really is no matter how long ago your loss was.

I LOVE this episode and I’m so grateful to Kirsty for coming on to talk about this. It’s SO important to know that no matter how long ago your loss was - it’s still allowed to hurt. You’re still allowed to struggle to accept it.

 

Hope you guys find this beneficial!

 

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Instagram - @deadparentclub

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So my first episode back is with an absolutely amazingly resilient woman, Amy Stuart-Mills.

In this episode Amy tells her account of losing her Mum from suicide and the huge impact it’s had on her life, from her relationships with her friends and family, to becoming an incredible advocate for the charity PANDAS |(Pre and PostNatal Depression Advice and Support) Foundation UK. We also discuss the difficulties we both face with accepting that our parent is no longer alive.

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Twitter - @dpcpodcast

Email - dpcpodcast@hotmail.com 

Jun 30th, 2020 by thedpcpodcast at 4:42 pm

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This week I am joined by the lovely Emma, one of the co-founders of Untangle Grief (if you haven’t come across them on social media yet then take a look now!)

It was really lovely for me to record this episode as Emma and I actually know each other from when we were really young and in High School and we recently got in touch with each other again through the grief community and of course our mutual losses!

In this episode Emma tells her own grief story and we discuss the difficulties around losing a parent over a long period of time from a terminal illness and the pressures that come with living your normal every-day life whilst acknowledging the fact that your parent is dying at home. We cover friendships in grief, family dynamics and of course the creation of Untangle Grief.

We recorded this episode a while back so I also think it’s important before we begin to give you an update on what they’re up to: Untangle rebuilds life after loss by connecting people with like-minded communities, expert advice and admin tools. Their brand new app is launching in a few weeks time. You can pre-register on their website www.untanglegrief.com

Find out more by listening to the podcast!

Find Untangle Grief online:

Instagram - @untanglegrief

Facebook - Untangle Grief

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Instagram - @deadparentcubpodcast

Facebook - Dead Parent Club Podcast

Website - www.dpcpodcast.co.uk

Email - dpcpodcast@hotmail.com

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