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Death Becomes Him

36 EpisodesProduced by Brian DowlingWebsite

When Brian Dowling lost his mum Rosie two years ago, it changed his outlook on life. Grief is a complicated journey, and one that Brian now endeavours to explore with the help of his friends and family. Join Brian and his nearest and dearest as they grow to understand death through open conversation… read more

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Brian in conversation with Maria Moynihan

November 14th, 2021


Maria’s loss is so personal. Throughout this entire series we’ve heard from people who have had very unique experiences but Maria’s might be the one that is hardest for most to understand.

In 2019, Maria Moynihan and …

Brian in conversation with Cian Sullivan

November 7th, 2021


When we grieve, there is an overwhelming urge to relieve the pain. Our bodies cry out for comfort, for support, for numbing, for crying, for whatever coping may seem right. And when a death is unexpected,  that need for …

Brian in conversation with Sinead Barry

October 31st, 2021


When we talk about loss we talk about the overwhelming sadness, the grief, the shock. But what we often forget is the disruption of death – it’s something that Sinead Barry was forced to face in 2019. On new years days …

Brian in conversation with Geraldine Mullan

October 24th, 2021


Words fail to describe the tragedy of Geraldine Mullan’s loss. In August 2020,  Geraldine and her family were driving home to Moville when the car …

Brian in conversation with Lisa Cannon

October 17th, 2021


We’re so used to seeing Lisa Cannon composed, together and glammed up to the nines. But behind it all, Lisa has been deeply reflecting on her grief and how it has changed her. Today she opens up about losing her mum …

Brian in conversation with Colleen McNally

October 10th, 2021


Today Colleen McNally opens up about the passing of her son Daragh. In 2019, 11-year-old Daragh passed after a battle with aggressive lymphoma. …

Brian in conversation with Andrew McGinley

October 3rd, 2021


For the first episode of this season we talk to a man who’s story has already been plastered over national media. In January 2020, Andrew McGinley lost his three children  Conor, Darragh and Carla to homicide. His wife …

Brian in Conversation with Fiona Tuomey

April 25th, 2021


For much of the time I have been doing this podcast we have been in a lockdown.

It’s meant that these conversations have been one of the main supports for me as I coped with my own grief. It’s been a sort of group …

Brian in conversation with Zoe Holohan

April 18th, 2021


On today’s episode, Brian talks to Zoe Holohan. Zoe opens up about the loss and trauma she suffered when husband Brian died on the couple’s honeymoon …

Brian in conversation with Sarah Battle

April 11th, 2021


On this episode of Death Becomes Him, I chat to Sarah Battle. Sarah is known for sharing snaps of her gorgeous home and family on her account house by the whitethorns. But behind it all, Sarah has been grieving her …

Brian in conversation with Bronagh Burke

April 4th, 2021


Often in the aftermath of loss, we enter into autopilot. Life needs to go on, the washing needs to be done and the children need to go to school. But …

Brian in conversation with Kathie Stritch

March 28th, 2021


Kathie’s family rallied around her sister Elaine when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. After rigorous treatment, life was getting back to normal in 2015, when Elaine’s husband Pa suffered a fall and passed away. …

Brian in conversation with Jess Redden

March 21st, 2021


Jess joins me virtually from Perth austraila where she has been since earlier this year with fiancé Rob Kearney. Jess opens up about her father’s …

Brian in conversation with Amanda Cambridge

March 14th, 2021


Amanda opens up about the loss of her son Avery in 2019 when the family were on holidays in Spain.  While Amanda’s story is heart breaking, she has …

Brian in conversation with Lisa Shannon

March 7th, 2021


Lisa is known to many for her incredible talents as a makeup artist, she’s a gorgeous woman with a wide smile and beautiful young family. But today …

Brian in conversation with Benji Bennet

February 28th, 2021


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 …

Brian in conversation with John McAreavey

February 21st, 2021


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 …

Rosie's birthday special: Brian in conversation once again with his sisters

December 10th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Jackie Fox

November 9th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Mairead Ronan

November 2nd, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Baz Ashmawy

October 26th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Lisa Colhoun

October 19th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Jennifer Rock

October 12th, 2020


Jennifer is a vibrant business woman, a bestselling author and social media star. Her ever-growing success is down to her hardworking nature, her …

Brian in conversation with Alan McGovern

October 5th, 2020


Alan McGovern and his wife Jenny were the dream team. They worked together, had a family together and enjoyed life together. They worked incredibly …

Brian in conversation with Eileen Loughlin of @Everything_Eileen

September 28th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Shannen Joyce of @big_c_and_me

September 21st, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Alan Hughes

September 14th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Rachel Gorry

September 7th, 2020


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. …

Brian in conversation with his sisters

May 5th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Lottie Ryan

April 28th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Nicky Byrne

April 21st, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Nadia Forde

April 14th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Des Bishop

April 7th, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Pippa O'Connor

March 31st, 2020


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 …

Brian in conversation with Arthur Gourounlian

March 26th, 2020


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 …

Introducing Death Becomes Him

March 25th, 2020


When Brian Dowling lost his mum Rosie two years ago, it changed his outlook on life.

Grief is a complicated journey, and one that Brian now endeavours to explore with the help of his friends and family. Over the course …

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