Dead Parent Club

Dead Parent Club

The Dead Parent Club is a community of like-minded young adults all grieving a similar loss. Each week, Kat and Emma speak candidly about their own grief journeys and are joined by guests and experts with the aim to help you as you navigate this new normal. This podcast will be your friend: it'll make you laugh, cry, and feel connected to people that really get it. A This Is Distorted Production Support this show Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


June 2, 2023 35 mins

Welcome to the LAST episode of this mini series of the Dead Parent Club Podcast.. before Kat has her baby VERY soon!

In this episode we're chatting with one of the dedicated founders of What’s Your Grief, a grief support network and website that serves circa 5 million people per year. It’s truly an incredible resource for the grieving community. Litsa shares her grief story, the creation of What’s Your Grief, the positives and p...

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We hear that writing in a journal can help when you're in the midst of grief - but why? And how? And what about when you're feeling extra #griefy 10,15,20 years down the line, is it still helpful then?

In this episode, we discuss how we got into writing as a way to process our grief and why we find it useful. We share some tips and advice on how to start and share some of our own entries that we've written over the years - warni...

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Each of our experiences of saying goodbye to our parent/s for the last time are different. Whether you were with them when they passed, travelled to the hospital afterwards, or had to find your own individual way of saying goodbye - it's never what we quite expect.

In this episode, we chat with Chloe Kent who shared a sketch based on her own experience of her final goodbyes to her mum, which you can watch here.

Fact is - the realit...

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May 12, 2023 31 mins

This week is #DyingMattersWeek in the UK - and the topic this year has been focused on grief in the workplace, and how we can provide support to grieving colleagues and staff members.

This is something that has impacted so many of us, whether that's at university, college, in your first job or in your long-term career. It's also something we see affecting the people around us all the time. In this episode, Kat and Emma share th...

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In this week's episode we chat to clinical psychotherapist, writer, podcast host and Tedx speaker Meghan Riordan Jarvis about how grief manifests itself into both your mind and your body. Both Kat and Emma struggled with different illnesses, both mental and physical, after the death of their parents - and know that a lot of listeners do too - so it was so interesting to hear how these show up differently in different people and wha...

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In this week's episode, Emma asks me ALL the questions about my pregnancy, and how I'm navigating it without my mum - including all the emotions I expect to feel once the baby is here. We also shared your comments on how you feel about becoming parents without yours around.

This is definitely a situation we've talked about a lot on the DPC so it's been surreal to experience it myself first-hand.

You can l...

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October 7, 2022 38 mins

Are more grievers heading to TikTok?

Welcome to our FINAL episode of Season 3! We can not believe we're here already...

In this week's episode we interview TikTok'er and future sitcom writer (you heard it here first) Chloe Kent!

Chloe headed to TikTok to create videos relating to the death of her mum back at the start of Covid. In this episode she shares her own grief story and how the pandemic forced her to slow down an...

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Someone once said that you 'won't start to feel more like your normal self until 5 years after the death'. Is this true? Is it partially true? Does it really ever happen?

In this episode we discuss how our emotions and sense of self changed between before-Mum-dying (BMD) and after-Mum-dying (AMD) - and how those parts of us changed or returned after 5 years.

Are there any parts of the before-parent-dying (BPD) self that you...

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This week Emily Cummin - Founder of Grief Community and Companion App Untangle - joins us on the podcast to share her own experiences of grief. And how these experiences, and the difficulties that came with navigating all of those practical and emotional elements of the death of someone you love led to the creation of Untangle.

To find out more, visit our website at or follow us on social media by click...

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This week we're joined by Co-Founder of Modern Loss and Author Rebecca Soffer.

Rebecca found herself without her mum or her dad by her early thirties. In this episode we share how the death of her mum then her dad affected her differently, navigating life as a young person who still wanted to have fun but also craved an environment where she could talk about these huge things that happened to her, building the Modern Loss commu...

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August 26, 2022 72 mins

What's life like as a surviving parent? How do you navigate your children's emotions AND your own?

In this week's episode we're taking a new perspective on life as a member of the DPC and we got down and griefy with the PHENOMENAL Stacey Heale.

If you don't follow her on Instagram yet (what are you doing?) find her at stacey_heale.

Stacey's husband Greg Gilbert died a year ago, leaving behind two children aged 5 and 7.


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August 19, 2022 27 mins

We feel a LOT after our parent/s have died. And it can be pretty overwhelming knowing what to do with the different types of emotions you experience. 

In this episode, we share our own experiences of the emotions we felt both before and straight after our mum’s died, as well as all the emotions we experienced in the months and years afterwards. 

Hopefully this episode helps you feel less alone in your own grief.&nbs...

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This week's episode is dedicated to the most awkward moments as a member of the DPC that can’t help but make you laugh, with a number of stories that were submitted by you - our listeners.

From a DJ dedicating a song to your mum at your wedding to your children making 'your dad' jokes and fist bumping members of the DPC - it's all here.

We hope this week's more light hearted ep makes you laugh and offers a bit of joy and co...

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This week we're joined by presenter and podcaster Amy Voce, who now has a beautiful 3 month old daughter that she was pregnant with when we first recorded this episode earlier this year.

Amy's dad was a pilot and was a much-loved father of her and her three siblings. In this episode, Amy shares her dad's story, including how the day he was given 2 years to live turned her and her family's world upside down.

She shares:

  • H...
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This week our guest is Dr Joshua Black, a leading academic researcher in grief dreams. 

Josh began his research after realising that there’s not a lot of talk on the subject - despite so many of us experiencing grief-related dreams - and wanted to raise awareness of it. 

Grief dreams are something that impact so many of us. Some of us worry that we don’t dream about them at all, some of us have happy dreams and othe...

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In this week’s episode we sit down with former Love Islander, influencer and all round pocket of positivity Shaughna Phillips. 

Shaughna talks to us about her dad Eddie who died when she was just 22 and shares the impact it had on her life as a young adult and how she  approaches her grief now. 

In this episode we discuss: 

  • The difficulties that come with living with a parent undergoing chemotherapy 
  • Th...
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July 8, 2022 31 mins

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Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss. Typically, the impending loss is the death of someone close due to illness. But it can also happen when your parent is an addict or you’ve lost touch with them at a young age and you grieve the relationship. 

This week we talk about:

  • Our own experiences of anticipatory gr...
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This week we’re joined by actress Kimberly Hart-Simpson, who’s Dad died in 2007 when she was just 20. Kimberly is commonly known for playing Nicky Wheatly in Coronation Street - a job that her dad always dreamed of her getting after being a huge fan of the show all his life. 

Some of the topics we discuss in the episode are:

  • What life was like growing up for Kimberly and her career path 
  • The struggles of trying to be...
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June 24, 2022 28 mins

Grief and big life events… SO many of you wanted an episode covering this topic. And we get why. Doing simple things like food shopping, driving to work, even sleeping can feel impossible when you’re grieving, and it’s hard to imagine how you’ll ever get through the big stuff. 

Now we haven’t experienced everything (marriage, kids etc.), but we can share our own experiences of what we’ve been through so far, and how we’re f...

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June 17, 2022 69 mins


And our first episode is with presenter and comedian Alex Brooker; best known for his work on Channel 4’s The Last Leg. 

In May 2019, his Dad Gordon passed away suddenly while Alex was at a corporate event hundreds of miles away. 

In this episode, Alex shares the huge impact the death of his dad has had on his life so far.

We cover so much in this episode and there’s laughs (obviously) and tears...

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