11 episodes

An anthology of short-form dramas exploring the theme of death, the extraordinary subject that literally affects us all. Each drama is accompanied by a discussion episode – where the writers reflect on the themes of their plays with end of life specialists including end of life doulas, therapists and morticians.

A Practical Guide to Death Pippa Frith & Kate Chapman

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An anthology of short-form dramas exploring the theme of death, the extraordinary subject that literally affects us all. Each drama is accompanied by a discussion episode – where the writers reflect on the themes of their plays with end of life specialists including end of life doulas, therapists and morticians.

    Alice

    Alice

    As she passes suddenly and unexpectedly out of life, Laura peacefully observes events as they unfold. She finds herself in the capable care of Alice, a mortuary technician whose working world is unlike anything Laura has seen before.

    • 20 min
    Behind the scenes at the mortuary

    Behind the scenes at the mortuary

    Writer Amanda Whittington chats to Anatomical Pathology Technologist Kirsty Bullen who was the inspiration for her play, Alice.

    • 32 min
    Tears for ££s

    Tears for ££s

    Grieving for his late wife but wanting to honour her requested funeral arrangements, Nyasha arrives at a café for a meeting. Resistant to the details of the transaction with the woman he has come to meet, he struggles with his feelings until they find an unexpected moment of connection.

    • 20 min
    How does talking help?

    How does talking help?

    Exploding the myths and mysteries about grief and counselling.

    • 43 min
    Fixing Eileen

    Fixing Eileen

    Eileen’s life has been a catalogue of fads, phases and obsessions on a quest to ‘fix herself’. It’s been a rollercoaster ride that’s sometimes exhilarating but mostly exhausting. In spite of her determination to keep going, the voices in Eileen’s head just won’t let up. On a trip to tend her Mum’s grave, she decides to stop fighting them and start listening.

    • 31 min
    Can facing our fear of death help us live happier lives?

    Can facing our fear of death help us live happier lives?

    Writer Leah Chillery talks to Caroline Dent, an end of life doula and specialist in Thanatophobia (fear of death). They have a frank and honest conversation about their experiences of OCD and other mental health challenges which may have a link to a fear of death. Their chat explores their childhood fears and their fascinating pathways towards a deeper self-understanding.

    • 48 min

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