The When You Die documentary turns the lens on potential relief for a conflicted society that confuses death with a disease to be cured. Without minimizing the pain and messiness of death we show that it is a profound opportunity for deepening our human experience. We learn how to talk about death, and what really matters at the end of the day.
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.”
Does consciousness continue after death?
“As physics has advanced,” says Chief Scientist Dean Radin at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, “we see many ways in which our commonsense way of experiencing the world is a very thin slice of physical reality…”
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The When You Die documentary is a feature-length film that explores what’s happening in our minds and bodies at end of life.
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 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.