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Death Becomes Him
64 minutes | 7 days ago
Brian in conversation with Benji Bennet
Benji Bennet has dedicated his work to bringing happiness to families. He’s the much-loved author of the Adam’s Cloud books in which our young hero Adam adventures through space, saves Christmas and hunts for buried treasures. The series was inspired by Benji’s son Adam who passed suddenly in 2007 of an undiagnosed brain tumour. Benji talks today about the shock of the diagnosis, the feelings of hopelessness and how his grief manifested in writing and creating a beautiful memorial for his son.
67 minutes | 14 days ago
Brian in conversation with John McAreavey
This week I speak to John McAreavey. In 2011, John suffered the loss of his new wife Michaela on Honeymoon when she was attacked and murdered by two intruders. The story of what happened was plastered on newspapers and John found himself at centre of an investigation, and his grief on public display. He opens up to me today about the trauma of the incident, how he rebuilt his life and why he will never use the term “moving on.”
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Rosie's birthday special: Brian in conversation once again with his sisters
On this episode of death becomes him, I sit down once again with my sisters. Earlier in the year we got together to talk about our mums passing, the shock and the immediate aftermath. At the time I wanted to understand whether I’d ever feel like me again and whether my sisters were experiencing the same sense of something missing. We talked, we laughed, we cried and really we walked away from that conversation understanding each other’s grief a little bit better. I wanted to revisit this conversation now, a few months and one pandemic later. I want to know if my sisters feel like their grief has changed, how they managed to overcome the shock and how they feel now.
65 minutes | 4 months ago
Brian in conversation with Jackie Fox
Today’s conversation is one of the most important we can have. Over the last two seasons, though I’ve spoken to so many people with such varied experiences there is a commonality in their grief – there has been a tangible reason, a sense of inevitability and ultimately an acceptance. But for Jackie Fox, the death of her daughter Nicole in 2018 is an injustice. Nicole sadly took her own life after years of online and offline bullying. Nicole’s whole world was impacted by the torment, and she was deprived of the everyday joys a young woman should be able to enjoy. Jackie talks to me candidly about the time leading up to her daughter’s death, dealing with the aftermath and how she’s campaigning for change in legislation to ensure this never happens again.
68 minutes | 4 months ago
Brian in conversation with Mairead Ronan
On today’s episode, Mairead Ronan laughs when she tells me about her mum encouraging her to pursue a career in radio. At the age of 20 she didn’t think she had the contacts or background to succeed in such a competitive industry but her mum was her champion. She encouraged her, supported her and gave her the confidence to land her first radio gig at just 21. Mairead opens up to me about the devastation she felt when her mum passed on the eve of her 21st birthday and how despite the sadness, she thrived thanks to the upbringing her mother had given her.
63 minutes | 4 months ago
Brian in conversation with Baz Ashmawy
We all know and love Baz and his mum Nancy from the Emmy Award winning show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy. Beyond the show, family is integral to Baz’s success and work – from inspiring his teams to working alongside them behind the scenes. Baz opens up today about just what family means to him, how they coped with the loss of their father and how he struggles to deal with grief.
69 minutes | 5 months ago
Brian in conversation with Lisa Colhoun
Today I sit down with Lisa Colhoun. I find Lisa’s story so tough because it’s a real reminder to make every day count. Lisa was married to Christopher and had two young children. The had bought their dream house, Christopher had just been promoted to principal and Lisa taught in the same school. They enjoyed the simple things – walking their dog, holidays and spending time with family. It was after a dinner with their friends that Christopher started feel unwell and he was soon hospitalised with the flu. Six days later, he unexpectedly passed away. Lisa talks to me today about mourning her soulmate and how she’s coped after such a tragic loss.
58 minutes | 5 months ago
Brian in conversation with Jennifer Rock
Jennifer is a vibrant business woman, a bestselling author and social media star. Her ever-growing success is down to her hardworking nature, her creativity and her supportive family. One person in particular influenced Jennifer’s success more than most – her father. Today Jennifer opens up about his sudden passing in 2018. She talks about dealing with the shock, going into autopilot and how she threw herself into work in the aftermath.
66 minutes | 5 months ago
Brian in conversation with Alan McGovern
Alan McGovern and his wife Jenny were the dream team. They worked together, had a family together and enjoyed life together. They worked incredibly hard to build a wonderful life for their two children. When Jenny was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018, it was another hurdle the couple believed they could overcome. And they did - once. Sadly Jenny's cancer returned in 2019 and the young mother of two passed. Today Alan talks about mourning the person that was integral to every aspect of his life.
63 minutes | 5 months ago
Brian in conversation with Eileen Loughlin of @Everything_Eileen
Today Brian talks to Eileen Loughlin aka @Everything_Eileen. Eileen’s story is one of the hardest. Two years ago, in 2018, she lost her young daughter Anabelle after a tragic accident in the home. She chats about mourning the future Anabelle would have had and how despite her grief, she’s determined to give her two sons a happy childhood.
70 minutes | 5 months ago
Brian in conversation with Shannen Joyce of @big_c_and_me
This week Brian meets Shannen Joyce. Shannen brings a new perspective to grief and one that is so important. Since the age of 19 Shannen has battled through three boughts of cancer and for each diagnosis, she has missed key milestones and rites of passage. She chats to Brian today about grieving the moments the disease has taken from her.
64 minutes | 6 months ago
Brian in conversation with Alan Hughes
This week Brian sits down with TV’s Alan Hughes. Alan is a household name, he’s a staple of Irish telly and someone we all feel like we know. But as we hear today, Alan has experienced many tragedies in his life and for the first time he opens up about losing his parents, two of his siblings and a close friend.
69 minutes | 6 months ago
Brian in conversation with Rachel Gorry
In this episode Brian meets Rachel Gorry, a young mum who lost her husband Daniel earlier this year. Rachel and Daniel were truly love's young dream. They were childhood sweethearts who married in their early twenties, had three beautiful daughters and broken ground on building their dream home. After a series of doctors visits and a bout of illness on holidays in 2018, Daniel was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Today Rachel opens up about finding the strength to support her husband during his illness as well as keeping their young family together.
66 minutes | 10 months ago
Brian in conversation with his sisters
If you’ve been following or listening to my journey, you’ll know that this whole series was inspired by my desire to understand grief. Losing my mum two years ago turned my world upside down. She was my best friend, my rock, my guide. But of course, she wasn’t just my mum. I am the older brother to six sisters; Michelle, Tracy, Valerie, Aoife, Paula and Tara. Each of us had our moments with Mum, like Michelle’s morning phone call or Aoife’s tea and chats at the table. We each have our own memories, our own sorrows and our own experiences of grief. I wanted to sit down with my sisters and have an honest conversation about losing mum, and how we all feel two years later. While this podcast started as an endeavour to discover whether I’ll ever feel like me again, today I ask the even harder question – how can we be us without her. We start where this journey started, talking about the day she passed.
72 minutes | 10 months ago
Brian in conversation with Lottie Ryan
This week I speak with Lottie Ryan. We all remember the day we got the news that Gerry Ryan had passed away. He was a national icon, part of all our lives. A state funeral was held in his honour and his death made the front pages. And while there is a solace in the knowledge that he was loved by so many, on the flipside, the public experience of grief is extremely difficult to navigate. Lottie opens up to me about sharing her father with the nation, following in his footsteps and how she believes his legacy lives on.
67 minutes | 10 months ago
Brian in conversation with Nicky Byrne
This week Brian talks to Nicky Byrne about the sudden passing of his father in 2009. Nicky shared may things with his father; his passion for music, his love of sport and of course his name. Today he opens up about their relationship and his beliefs around life after death. Death Becomes His is produced by Tall Tales Podcasts.
62 minutes | a year ago
Brian in conversation with Nadia Forde
This week on Death Becomes Him I sit down with my good friend Nadia Forde. Nadia's story is a little different to those we've already heard. From the age of eight, Nadia was raised mainly by her grandmother and today opens up about the complexity of grieving an estranged parent. Reconnecting during her mother's illness, Nadia admits she began to view her mother differently - woman to woman. We begin our conversation today talking about how becoming a mother helped Nadia heal.
57 minutes | a year ago
Brian in conversation with Des Bishop
This week Brian meets Des Bishop. Des has lost both his parents and today talks about how those experiences of grief differed. Des opens up about caring for his mother, managing complex relationships and where he believes his parents are now.
54 minutes | a year ago
Brian in conversation with Pippa O'Connor
This week Brian sits down with his best friend Pippa. In 2014, Pippa's world was thrown upside down with the sudden passing of her Mum Louise. Pippa chats today about the moments of grief she experiences six years later but how she's determined to build a happy life to honour her mum. Death Becomes Him is produced by @Tall_tales_podcasts for more see www.TallTales.ie Email the podcast: DeathBecomesHim@TallTales.ie
45 minutes | a year ago
Brian in conversation with Arthur Gourounlian
For two years, Brian has refuted any questions about grief with his catchphrase “I’m fine, I’m fiiine.” Here in episode one, with the support of his husband Arthur, Brian finally admits that he’s not as composed as he has made out to be. Arthur opens up about the loss of his own father and how that impacted him at 16. It’s an experience that instilled in him a desire to build a life in which he felt safe, supported and happy. Arthur talks through his own experience of grief and together he and Brian find comfort in shared similarities.
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