Episode 5: Grief

Episode 5: Grief

Did you know there are 16 symptoms of grief?

In this episode of ‘The Yearly Checkup’ we take a look at three of them – detachment, anxiety and frustration by talking to people about their lived experiences during this global pandemic.

Chau chats with her friend Amy about the grief of breaking up, Sarah chats to Michael about the grief of surviving a bushfire, and Simon speaks with Georgie and Jean about the grief of losing a loved one and not being able to say goodbye.

Produced by Chau Vu, Sarah Thorpe and Simon Pillay.

Podcast episode:

Individual stories:

Story One: ‘Not a Love Letter’ by Chau Vu

If you’re expecting a love story, this story is definitely not the one for you. But if you’re looking for how one deals with a breakup, here’s an interview with Amy. Amy is an eighteen year old girl who was dumped in a text during a pandemic. This reflective piece delves into how she met him and what his last words to her were. To cope with the heartbreak, she decides to write him a letter.


Creative commons/Royalty free used:
caculo – ‘Very noisy kids in classroom’, from freesound, https://freesound.org/people/caculo/sounds/253761/
Hope-Sounds – ‘Birds taking off fly’, from freesound, https://freesound.org/people/Hope-Sounds/sounds/499679/
InspectorJ – ‘Wind Chimes’, from freesound, https://freesound.org/people/InspectorJ/sounds/353194/
straget – ‘Wall Clock Ticking’, from freesound, https://freesound.org/people/straget/sounds/405423/
thegoose09 – ‘Iphone’, from freesound, https://freesound.org/people/thegoose09/sounds/125384/
13FPanska_Stranska_Michaela – ‘School bell’, from freesound, https://freesound.org/people/13FPanska_Stranska_Michaela/sounds/378394/


Story Two: ‘The Aftermath’ by Sarah Thorpe

Michael – lets call him, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist from Melbourne, was in the small Victorian town of Mallacoota when he became trapped in a deadly bushfire.

Months later, the grief and anxiety lingers.

Creative Commons/Royalty Free used:
Wind effect – ‘Wind’ by freesound.org https://freesound.org/people/daveincamas/sounds/45482/
Truck effect – ‘Big truck around’ by freesound.org https://freesound.org/people/Robinhood76/sounds/56356/ 
Fire effect – ‘Fire Crackle and Flames’ by freesound.org https://freesound.org/people/FractalStudios/sounds/363092/  
‘Bushfires hit towns in Eat Gippsland including Mallacoota’ – 7News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoO-PXi1ppM
‘Residents trapped on beach as Australian wildfire rages’ – CNN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df6U_eZZ2S4
‘Tenderness’ by Benjamin Tissot bensound.org 
‘Tomorrow’ by Benjamin Tissot bensound.org 
‘November’ by Benjamin Tissot bensound.org 
‘Tears Wont Stop’ by David Fesliyan feslianstudios.com
‘Hopeful Inspiring Instrumental’ by Olexandr Ignatov


Story Three: ‘Healing with Time’ by Simoñ Phillay

A conversation Georgie and Jean, who’ve had to deal with losing a close family member and being unable to say their final goodbyes.

Youtube Audio Library:
Through and Through – Amulets
Funeral March (by Chopin) – Chopin
Media sounds: Channel 7 Youtube: