Grief and Fatherhood with Steve Bland
Episode 13 – Grief and Fatherhood with Steve Bland
To mark the upcoming Father’s Day in the UK, we’ll be focusing each and every episode in June on men’s grief. From grief stories and mental health to fatherhood, we have a number of exciting episodes lined up with some fantastic advocates for men’s grief.
This week, we’re kicking off our mini campaign with producer and podcast presenter Steve Bland.
Steve’s wife Rachael died in 2018 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. At just 40 years old, Rachael’s husband Steve and their (almost) 3 year old son were suddenly left to navigate life without her.
In this episode, Steve shares their story with us and Rachael’s journey with breast cancer, including the creation of her legacy podcast You Me and The Big C. Despite speaking so publicly about the trials and tribulations of cancer, Rachael and Steve also had to have their own difficult conversations at home about their son, her funeral, and how life would look without her – all of which Steve shares in the episode.
We also talk about how their son Freddie is approaching the death of his mum and how they commemorate birthdays, anniversaries and other difficult dates.
This is a fantastic, hard-hitting episode, sharing some of the most monumental moments in their journey of diagnosis, death and grief. But there are some beautiful comments to take away from this episode to carry with us as we navigate everyday life in grief.
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