Director Johanna Lunn guides viewers on a personal journey to find answers by, exploring stories of near-death experiences, deathbed visions and more. She speaks with the leading clinicians and researcher who have spent their careers studying these experiences and the nature of consciousness. Their stories are revealed with humour and compassion.
By addresses our mortality head on, viewers are guided through some of our most avoided questions: What is a good death? Could we possibly heal old emotional wounds as death approaches? Where do we want to die? What quality of life is enough? What is a conscious death? Could we have one?
Architecture of Death:
The Inner World of Dying
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on the When You Die Trilogy
Over a two-and-a-half-year period, starting when I was 19, three very significant deaths entered my life that completely cracked my world apart. Because people were afraid of death and didn’t know what to say to someone in grief, I felt deeply alone and pushed aside. Talking about death was really taboo at that time. Grief and grieving were swept under the carpet. Although it was a long and difficult journey for me, on reflection and with the advantage of time passing, I realize now how hard it must be for the dying when the people who love them most are afraid to talk with them.
As a filmmaker, I stepped humbly into the world of death and dying informed by my own traumatic experiences as a young person and seasoned by time and the inevitable losses around me that come with aging. My goal was to produce a single feature length documentary. As I began to research the film my creative and business partner James Hoagland and I started a website that linked to the many resources I was exploring. Soon we felt the website could be of great benefit to others. It became a place filled with information, a place to find answers as well as a place that raised questions previously unthought of. Eighteen on-camera interviews later, the single documentary became three, the website got fuller, a podcast was added and the When You Die Project was born with the primary goal of giving people something to talk about. After all, we are most afraid of what we don’t know, but exploring death and dying brings the subject into our day-to-day life and reduces our fear enormously. I genuinely hope these films and the project on a whole, are helpful to as many people as possible!
Johanna J. Lunn
What People are Saying About the Films
I witnessed my dad’s spirit (a white mist) leave his body at least an hour before he took his last breath. Before his spirit left his body, he kept holding his arms up as if he was being lifted.
Beautiful, skillful, deep, clear, kind, clever, obviously brilliant, and no doubt will be helpful to many people. I hope you can disseminate it widely. Thank you all. Most warmly.
That was wonderfully done! Thank you
Thank you for the opportunity to pre screen this film.
My question…after a person experiences a NDE, how do they continue to live on the Earthly plain in a contented, satisfied way? It seems everyone would want to back to the place of expanded consciousness…
This film brought me to tears several times, dying seems to be such a sacred journey. When I worked with Hospice and with the deaths of family, it was a time of heightened awareness,. I felt the energy and movement with each passing. There were reunions with dead family members, words of wonderful things awaiting us, and other meaningful experiences.
I also agree that science and faith are joining more today than ever before. What I had believed with faith alone is now being explored and explained by science.
Thank you for the film. I enjoyed it immensely.
Wow……… thank you for easing my fear of death ❤️