The rites and rituals performed in Australia today are determined by our culture, values and beliefs. In this five-part series, Compass goes behind the scenes of Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant and secular funerals.
It crosses 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.
In the first episode, a country town Anglican farewell for a much loved local and a no-frills Muslim funeral for an asylum seeker.
Compass: Faith and Funerals, 6.30pm ABC TV1, July 20