Episode 10: Why We Suck At Condolence with Edwina Symonds

Today's episode, whilst a beautiful conversation goes deep in places and I wanted to give you a little warning that it might make you tear up a little. I'll admit that our producer Brianna & I shed a few tears ourselves whilst editing the episode. But there is so much great advice in here around supporting others through grief that I can't help but feel - everyone needs to hear the wisdom Edwina shares with us. She is so gracious & generous in sharing what was a horrendous experience - I truly hope you get something from this conversation to help you...or perhaps help those close to you. 


If there’s one thing you wish society would talk more about, what would it be?

“I would love to know why we, as a whole, suck at condolence so badly.”


Edwina Symonds and her husband Ant faced the worst year of their lives in 2018 when their firstborn son Sebby died when he was just ten months old.

Ed, like me, has faced a huge amount of loss in her life; she lost her mum as a young girl, her dad in her early twenties and her beloved Grandma Mardi, to a long battle with dementia in 2013.

Rather than wallow like many could have, Ed and Ant have chosen a positive path to speak about the loss of Sebby and the grief that encompasses them daily as bereaved parents. 

She shares stories and resources on her website The Griefy Way, to help other parents navigate the early stages of the loss of a child.

Eddy & I have had many conversations around death and grief over the years and whilst this conversation is not for the faint-hearted, we cover so many important topics around grief and condolence - it’s a must listen for all.  

Useful links

In the episode, we talked about ‘The Ring Theory’ around grief which you can read more about here;-  Susan Goldman 'The Ring Theory'

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