Told through the eyes of two young women – one who works with the dead, the other who works with the living – The Secret Life of Death lifts the lid on one of the last great taboos: the hidden world of the funeral industry.
The Secret Life of Death opens a rare window inside one of the oldest family-run funeral homes in Australia, Walter Carter Funerals, which has been based in Bondi Junction since the 1870s. Told through the eyes of two of its youngest and most recent recruits – Jasmine Cameron, a funeral director, and Amber Coote, the mortuary manager – it lifts the lid on one of the last great taboos: death.
But it’s also about love for these two sassy female funeral workers – Amber’s partner passed away recently while Jasmine moonlights at a comedy club. As we see them in action, we’re behind the scenes at multicultural funerals laden with colourful rites and rituals and on the inside as a terminally-ill woman arranges her own extravagant funeral, a very rare occurrence in Australia.
It’s life and death all wrapped up in an emotional bow…until their boss, Dale Maroney, a fifth-generation descendant of Walter Carter, drops a bombshell – she’s in a battle for her survival, both professional and personal, and we have an all-access pass while she undergoes a double mastectomy and we are a fly on the wall as she engages in a joint venture with Olsens Funerals, another family-run company, in a bid to avoid being gobbled up by the McDonalds of the funeral industry.