Putting someone you love into a nursing home is heartbreaking for anyone but imagine visiting the person you've shared most of your life with and not being able to show them any affection. When Brian put his partner of over fifty years into a Catholic nursing home he knew it was the best option – his partner was originally from Italy and had a strong Catholic heritage – but fear of anti-gay prejudice has kept him from showing the natural affection of a life spent together. This is a story of the everyday things that bring two lives together, and the terrible loneliness once they have been separated.
Since this program was made Norm died, peacefully in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and then Brian also passed away three months later.
Brian and Norm's story told in a photo montage. Photography by Daniel Guerra, archival images care of Brian Treloar.
Producer: Shevonne Hunt. Sound Engineer: Russell Stapleton. Supervising: ProducerSharon Davis.