It’s the last episode and yeah, we reckon we’ve gotten pretty good at planning for this whole death malarkey. But, as Jan realises when she tries to talk to her sister about her own wishes, the people who love you can get a bit funny when you ambush them to talk about your inevitable death.
How do you balance the death of someone close to you with going into work? Can you show emotion? What if a colleague loses someone? Is it okay to talk about it? And what are your leave rights?
Butcher Leanne tells the story about a customer literally dying to make a point about lamb chops. Indigenous comedian and actor Steven Oliver talks about taking time off work for funerals. TED Talker Michelle Knox discusses how her own dad’s death led to a more supportive culture in her office.
Plus — what NOT to say to a colleague (e.g. “at least (anything’)!” is not advised.
You might have died, but your fb profile hasn’t.
Our online selves live on after we’ve died, so what are the big decisions we need to make about social media before we face death?
Tech journalist Claire Reilly talks us through the digital breadcrumbs of Tinder, Twitter, Tumbler, Bumble, Hinge, Facebook, Grindr and Insty that form the digital sandwich of your afterlife — and how to handle it now so your family won’t get a huge shock when they peer into your DM’s post-mortem.
Wait, can they do that? …
Your sick or ageing loved one is lying in a hospital bed. The doctors are asking for a decision: “What would they want?”. What about the advance care directive? Wait, what is that? And how do I make a decision about someone that’s not me?
Get your wishes in order, and make sure the people around you have theirs in order too. Jacinta talks about being asked in the ICU whether to keep her 97-year-old great uncle alive or not. And Dr Peter Saul talks us through what he calls an ‘authentic death’ in the chaos of an ICU.
So, who gets your kids if you die? And have they actually agreed to take them? SPOILER ALERT: A will written on the back of a coaster isn’t necessarily legit.
Here’s an easy guide to making a will and keeping it updated. We’ll cover all the basics, from the assets you can’t forget about, to nominating an executor — or outsourcing to a lawyer.
Lawyer Andrew Simpson shows Jan and her husband how to write a will (really CAN you just download one off the internet?); and Jan contemplates telling her sisters they’re not getting the apartment.
Plus you’ll learn what mistakes to AVOID when you’re divvying up your earthly possessions.
When someone dies, it’s up to the people left behind to piece their lives together using only the clues left behind. What if the person who died was the one who paid the bills? Or, what if you haven’t spoken to them in a really long time?
Chances are, you’ll have to arrange a funeral at least once. When a loved one dies, and suddenly it falls to you to organise things, where do you even start?
Here’s what you need to know immediately after someone has died, because a tsunami of decisions is about to hit. How the heck do you get a death certificate? Will there be an autopsy? Um, literally, who are you supposed to call first?
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