[Episode 9 | 1928 : Bridie]
It is the day of Lorna's funeral and the procession to the cemetery is commencing. It is a tradition to celebrate the life of the deceased person by holding a 'wake'. During this sombre celebration, Bridie tries to console her sister with the help of Miss Miller.
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The death of a friend or family member is a difficult issue to deal with at any age. It must be especially hard when the tragedy is caused by an avoidable accident. Bridie and her sister blame themselves for the death of their friend Lorna and find it difficult to cope with the grief. The funeral is an important event in helping the characters to deal with their loss and sense of guilt.
This clip shows a very simple horse-and-cart hearse used to carry Lorna's coffin from her house to the cemetery. In 1928 working-class people could not afford to have a motorised vehicle. View the different historical examples of hearses used in Australia.
If deemed appropriate by the teacher view the clip, 'The funeral', again and have the class discuss the questions below. Use the template from the Student Activity Sheet H9.5 to help students focus on the correct elements when watching the clip.