Season 3 – Episode 6 – Your Big Hands

 
 
 
Five days after you die, the dust has already started to gather on the piano keys. It’s been less than a week, and already this room is stale. The day after you left, the hospital people came and took the hired machines that were keeping you alive. They took the machines and the bed where you lay these last three weeks, took them to another family who still had use for them.
 
 

This piece was written the day after my grandpa’s funeral. He’d been dying for such a long time that his actual passing seemed somewhat routine. This story explores the ceremony and banality of life ending.

Zoë’s writing has been recognised in the 2017 and 2016 Grace Marion Wilson competition, the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize and the 2016 Overland Story Wine Prize.

 

Acknowledgements:

Memoria is written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

Your Big Hands is written and read by f  The story is sound edited by Jen Farrow.

Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,   Sage the Hunter, When in the West and The Envelope.

Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.

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