Picture: Renee Nowytarger

A matter of life and death...

Phone rings.

OPERATOR: Hi, Simon, sorry to wake you, we have a transfer.

SIMON: What time is it?

OPERATOR: Just after 3.30. How long will it take you to get to the office?

SIMON: I’ll be there in twenty minutes. Where are we going?

OPERATOR: Sunnydale. Bring a coat, it’s cold tonight.

About the Show

A little while back I worked in the funeral industry for a couple of years. It was an interesting experience where I saw and did things I never imagined, and which most people will never be exposed to. After my article on the subject appeared in The Australian on 12 October 2014, I realised I still had more to say about it.

Fun Days features interviews with a trainee embalmer, a funeral director, two funeral celebrants and showcases a selection of the music I had heard while attending more than 1000 funerals. This accompanying article also appeared on the ABC web site.

Broadcast Date

25 May 2016

Listen to the Show

Fun Days

Production Details

Producer: Simon Luckhurst

Audio Engineer: Andrei Shabanov

Supervising producer: Lee Redfern


I sat riveted and even stopped washing up so I wouldn't miss anything. This brilliant program was both informative and entertaining - a perfect mix of reverence, reality and black humour with memorable music in all the right places. I was so impressed by the whole production. - Patricia Wiltshire