The When You Die Documentary


The When You Die Documentary

Introducing In the Realm of Death and Dreaming,
our 2019 Death Documentary

Since its origin, humanity has posed the question, ‘what really happens when you die?’ The presumed answers have defined culture, religion and community as we know them. Through a combination of near-death experiences, personal stories and scientific research, this death documentary explores whether consciousness survives death, and why it matters when choosing end of life care.

Should we be afraid of death?

Elly Claire Hart recounts her experience of dying after being crushed between two cars—and what happened next. “If someone has a fear that they’re going to move into nothingness or not be around anymore,” she says, “that was not my experience.”

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The When You Die trilogy explores what’s happening in our minds and bodies at end of life and beyond.

It’s time to reclaim the dying process as a profound part of our lives.

While we celebrate birth, we have made a cultural habit of pushing death away. 80% of us say we want to die at home, and yet 60% of us die in a hospital. Of those, 40% die in Intensive Care. As long as we treat death as a disease to be cured the cost to us will be dear: lost time with loved ones, prolonged suffering at the hands of medical institutions designed to cure death (rather than support the journey), and enormous funds spent on end-of-life care.

In the When You Die Death Documentary, we find that birth and death are profound passages to be honoured and protected. Both are messy and painful—but in these moments, we find our humanity is more extraordinary than we could have ever imagined.

Stay tuned here as we share some of the stories that are informing the When You Die documentary:
  • Accounts from medical professionals who witness the phenomenal things that occur in the body and mind as we near death.
  • Reports from average individuals who have been to the edge and back.
  • Findings from scientists who are studying, documenting and probing into the great mystery of human consciousness.