Grief is something that affects us all, and sometimes special days like Father’s Day can be a painful reminder of a person you are grieving. Yet it can be difficult to get people speaking about their grief. The Dead Parent Club podcast is on a mission change that.
Dead Parent Club is a weekly podcast that aims to help young people navigating grief after losing a parent or parents. This June they are trying to get men talking openly and honestly about grief. To mark International Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day, presenters Kat Hooker and Emma Jones will be joined by a host of special guests (including Steve Bland, Guvna B, and Jake Quickenden) sharing their personal experiences of grief.
We asked Kat and Emma to tell us a bit more about their podcast.
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
My name’s Kat Hooker and my mum died in 2015 when I was 20, and my co-host Emma’s mum died when she was 18 in 2008. Together, we host the Dead Parent Club podcast, which aims to provide support to other young adults who are grieving the loss of a parent/s or significant figure.
What was the first podcast you ever listened to?
The first podcast Kat listened to was called the High-Low, she loved the open and honest conversation. Emma has a love of true crime podcasts.
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
Kat started the podcast at the end of 2018 after three years of grieving the death of her mum. She loved the raw and honest conversations she was having with other young grievers at the time and thought it would benefit other people who were going through a similar loss while navigating adulthood. Emma was a guest on the podcast in season 1 and found it so beneficial and loved the difference it was making to other young grievers and wanted to become a part of it. She joined Kat as a co-host this year for season 2.
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
We take inspiration from The Grief Cast and You Me and The Big C – they were the first prominent podcasts encouraging safe and open conversations in the grief space. We love the work they’ve done to normalise the conversation.
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
We would love to have Prince Harry on the podcast. He’s recently started to open up a lot more about the effect losing his mum so young had on his life, and we think these conversations are so beneficial to other grievers who perhaps have never felt comfortable opening up.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
For Kat, it’s the fact that you can never fully plan a podcast to the T. You never know what route your guest is going to take you down and that’s what makes them so exciting.
For Emma, she’s learnt that the best podcasts are the ones where every interviewer and every guest are 100% themselves.
Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
Supporting Grieving Friends is a great episode for both grievers and the family/friends of people who have lost someone significant to them. We have a really candid conversation around what helped us and what didn’t when we were grieving, which could help other grievers feel less isolated in what they’re going through, but we also offer some really good advice if you’re hoping to support someone close to you.
Where can the Pod Bible readers find out more about you?
You can find us on all major podcast streaming platforms at the Dead Parent Club or on Instagram at @deadparentclubpodcast on Twitter at @dpcpodcast or on Facebook at Dead Parent Club Podcast. You can also drop us an email at email@example.com.
The Get Men Talking Series runs from 4th to 25th June. In the most recent episode, Robbie Savage opens up about losing his father at just 63 years-old after a 5 year battle with Pick’s disease, a form of Alzheimer’s, in 2012. Listen now >>