The second episode of our new Grief Kind podcast is with TV presenter and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, Candice Brathwaite, who talks to host Clover Stroud about losing her dad, Richard, when she was just 21. She discusses the isolation she felt when grieving and how her friends found it difficult to support her, not knowing how best to be there for Candice.
“I'm just still dealing with something so loved being taken from me so quickly”
Candice's dad, Richard, died suddenly of the common flu when she was only 21. She didn’t get to say goodbye to him, which is something she still struggles with today.
Straight-talking Candice opens up about the anger and loneliness she felt in her grief. She felt many of her friends didn’t know how to help her as they’d never lost anyone - let alone a parent.
Transcript | Grief Kind podcast episode two
Candice said: “I'm grieving and I have to do this in stages, because I'm just still dealing with something so loved being taken from me so quickly. It does mean and it feels to me as though the grieving period is pulled out. I know I'm going to feel like this for life but the depth of despair, I can feel like it's been 10 years. I feel like if it hadn't happened in that shocking way, I might not get as low as I do now.”
“I'm always trying to keep his spirit alive, especially for my children.”
We hope that our Grief Kind podcasts provide the right help and inspire the confidence to support loved ones through their grief.
Knowing what to say and do for those close to you can be incredibly hard during such a difficult time, but we're here to provide the support you need to be there for your friends and family when they have lost a loved one.
Our next podcast episode
Available on all podcast streaming services, our next episode will be with fashion and textiles designer Pearl Lowe on the 8 November. She will be sharing her personal experience of bereavement when, four years ago her dad, Eddie, died from a heart attack and talks about the support she got from her friends, even months after Pearl had lost her dad.
We all have it in us to be Grief Kind, and our movement aims to help more people get the support they need to cope, even during the darkest times.
Grief Kind support
- Order your Grief Kind sympathy cards, with tips on supporting a loved one after a beareavement
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- Find out more about our Grief Kind campaign
- Access our bereavement information and Online Community grief forum
- Our #GriefKind YouTube playlist, including celebrity supporter videos about ways to be there for someone who is grieving