How do you get through the days when your children are suddenly gone?

This feature, for ABC’s Australian Story, is one of the most remarkable personal stories I have worked on. The team did a remarkable job.

The Maslin’s three children, Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8, and Rin’s father Nick Norris, were killed when pro-Russian rebels shot down commercial flight MH17 in 2014.

Five years on they spoke publicly for the first time to Australian Story to thank Australians for their support. They also wanted to explain why they chose hope and love over hate and anger.

“Where we were was hell,” Rin told Australian Story. “Where we are now is a different place, and what we feel we owe to the Australian public is to let you know how we got to where we are now.”

Every day they get up, get ready and make the most of any small joys.

They are deliberately positive and reject sadness. This is not to downplay their immense grief. They just choose to focus on the love and beauty they had with their clearly wonderful children.

The program is thoughtful and compelling. You can watch it on ABC iview. This Odyssey online presentation of the feature used images and video supplied by the Maslin family.