LUTV presenter Emma Jones focuses on men's grief in Dead Parent Club podcast series
LUTV presenter Emma Jones is marking International Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day by focusing on men’s grief in a podcast which aims to help young people who have lost a parent or guardian.
Emma is one of the hosts of a podcast called Dead Parent Club which this month is on a mission to get men talking openly and honestly about grief.
The Dead Parent Club podcast provides support to thousands of young adults around the world by aiming to normalise the conversation around grief and help those who have lost a parent feel less alone.
Emma was 18 when she lost her mum to cancer in 2008 and came across the podcast ten years later, offering to join as co-host with podcast founder Kathryn ‘Kat’ Hooker, who lost her mum in 2015 and wanted to talk to as many other young grievers as possible.
This June, to mark International Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day, the podcast has secured some high-profile male guests who will be sharing their personal experiences of grief.
These include pundit and former footballer Robbie Savage, who lost his father at just 63 after a five-year battle with a form of Alzheimer’s called Pick’s disease; singer and new dad Jake Quickenden who lost both his father and brother within four years to bone cancer; producer and presenter Steve Bland, the late husband of The Big C podcast presenter Rachael Bland, who died from beast cancer, and British rapper Guvna B who lost his father in 2017.
Emma said: “It’s great to see more and more men speaking openly about their feelings.
“We want to continue to encourage and empower men to vocalise their hurt and pain, and understand that it’s valid.
“With Father’s Day happening in June, it seems the perfect opportunity to remind men how important it is for them to talk.”
The episodes of the Dead Parent Club podcast featuring Steve Bland and Guvna B took place on June 4 and 11, respectively. Robbie Savage will be live on June 18 and Jake Quickenden on June 25.
The show can be found at https://podfollow.com/deadparentclub/view and every episode can be watched on YouTube by searching ‘Dead Parent Club podcast’.
Follow the show on Instagram @deadparentclubpodcast, @dpcpodcast on twitter or visit the deadparentclub.co.uk website.
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