Episode 13 - Headstone: Jabiru

For the final episode in the Headstone series, I was curious to understand what people think about when they know they're going to die.

Doctor and filmmaker, Tim Duncan, shares his story.

You can check out Tim's film work here.

Music by Kent Sutherland.

Thanks to Leila Brook for quality control.

Pictures for the story are here.

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Episode 12 - Headstone: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Our understanding of death is not just informed by the people around us. Animals also play a role in our experiences of mortality.

For this episode, I put together three stories exploring this theme.

Music by Kent Sutherland.

Thanks to Leila Brook for quality control.

Pictures accompanying the stories can be found here.

Under the Monkey Forest featured Nyoman Buana and was recorded at The Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Additional sound was sourced from freesound.org and the clips included can be accessed here, here, here and here.

The Ballad of Floppy and Flip-Flap was written and read by Clint Greagen. Go to his website to learn more about Clint and to get his new fiction series, Some Kind of Superstar.

Clips sourced from freesound.org were used and can be accessed here and here.

Monk The Legend featured Caroline Higgins, who is a practising celebrant in Melbourne. Learn more about what she offers and how to make a booking with her, through her website.

Episode 11 - Headstone: The King

Most of the graves in any cemetery are the final resting places for the persons remembered there. But for one headstone in Melbourne that isn't the case. For the person is buried 1000s of kilometres away, at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee.

This is the story behind the Elvis Presley memorial in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

Thanks to Wayne Hawthorne, Maree Paynting and Graham Broughton for being a part of the story.

Music by Kent Sutherland.

Special thanks to Beth Gibson and Selena Shannon for production advice, and Leila Brook for quality control.

Pictures to accompany the story can be found here.

Episode 10 - Headstone: Breath and Bone

I met Jessie Williams while I was getting new and interesting perspectives on the subject of death and dying for this Headstone series. Despite her busy work schedule, she was very generous with her time, and told me a little about her own brush with grief.

Over the course of the next six months, we chatted on the phone every once in awhile about her experiences. Breath and Bone is a distillation of Jessie's story. It's about loss, accepting mortality, and unbreakable maternal bonds.

Music by Kent Sutherland.

Thanks to Leila Brook for quality control.

Learn more about The Groundswell Project and Dying to Know Day.

Episode 09 - Headstone: That Insidious Thing

This is the first story I ever completed, but it's taken awhile to get it out. Because it's so personal and close to me, I think I've been apprehensive about having others hear it, and - let's be honest - judge it. 

This story is told by my Nan, Mary Hill, about a love story that began close to 70 years ago.

Music by Kent Sutherland.

Thanks to Leila Brook for quality control.

Pictures to accompany the story can be found here.

Episode 08 - Headstone: The Chinese Mystery

In the north-east corner of the Melbourne General Cemetery, are 100 headstones contained within a chain-link perimeter. They are uniform, and each feature only a Chinese name on them. There are no dates or messages from families.

Join me as I uncover the story behind this memorial.

Music by Kent Sutherland.

Special thanks to all my interviewees, and Andrew Wong, Sunny Duong, and Jon Tjhia.

Pictures accompanying the story are here.

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