Compass - Faith & Funerals
The rites and rituals performed in Australia today are determined by our culture, values and beliefs. In this five part series we go behind the scenes of Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant and secular funerals. We cross over into privileged territory to stand beside closest kin and share their intimate moments, to get a picture of death, as it's done in 21st century Australia.
Episode 1 - Anglican & Muslim A small Anglican country town farewell for a much loved local woman, and a no-frills Muslim burial for an asylum seeker.
Episode 2 - Vietnam Veteran & Chinese Buddist Leather meets brass in a motorcycle send-off for a Vietnam Vet and a traditional Chinese-Buddhist funeral - Australian style.
Episode 3 - Italian Catholic & Hindu An Italian-Catholic funeral draws 1500 mourners and a son farewells his father in a humble Hindu funeral a long way from home.
Episode 4 - Pentecostal Ghanaian & Secular A Sydney group of Pentecostal Ghanaians celebrate and dance for the deceased and a do-it-yourself secular funeral: no God or grief allowed.
Episode 5 - How Shall We Remember Them? A Facebook memorial for a young man, a wife's ashes scattered in the sea, a tribal Tiwi ceremony, grieving for those lost without trace and a loved one's remains gifted to science.
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