CBC Radio series airs tonight, examines modern death industry


Jeannie Morrow of Nova Scotia shown with a photo of her mother, Viola White. Jeannie was interviewed for the CBC Radio series Death Becomes Us, which airs on the Ideas program. Part 2 airs May 7. Photo by the Halifax Herald Chronicle

CBC Radio’s program Ideas airs a two-part series beginning today (Wednesday April 30) that examines how death has evolved into the industry it is today.

The series, Death Becomes Us, includes an interview with Nova Scotia resident Jennie Morrow, who had a bad experience with a funeral home after the death of her mother. Click here to read our earlier post, detailing what Morrow went through.

The series airs at 9 p.m. tonight (check local broadcast times across Canada here). You can also listen online any time by clicking here: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2014/04/30/death-becomes-us-part-1/

Part 2 is here: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2014/05/07/death-become-us-part-2/

Wednesday, April 30: DEATH BECOMES US, Part 1

Death is called the greatest of equalizers —  the greatest of mysteries. At one time we tended to our dead with home funerals and mourning rituals. Over the last century we pushed death further from our collective mind by outsourcing our dead to mortuary professionals. In recent years, there’s been a rise of death cafes, death doulas who help families tend to their dead, and the beginnings of a green funeral movement. IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell explores this growing trend.

Part 2 airs Wednesday, May 7.


Holly Haliburton in 1946, when she was 29

This site is dedicated to the memory of our mother, Holly Haliburton.




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