In the Realm of Death & Dreaming

An Update on the WYD Documentary Project

Who are we? Does consciousness continue after death? The more I looked into dying, the more intriguing it became, and I realized we are just not talking about these things.
— Johanna J. Lunn


In the Realm of Death & Dreaming
is the first film in the When You Die documentary series that takes us through the dying process. Director and project founder, Johanna J. Lunn, sets out on a quest to understand death and our many relationships to it. (For more information on her motivation for the series, see the interview here).

The first installment tackles the big question: Does consciousness continue after death? Publicly, this is one of the least seriously talked about aspects of dying. Lunn explores stories about our human consciousness: What is it? Where is it? Some would call this, “Woo-woo,” but human consciousness is more fluid than we commonly accept.

In the Realm of Death & Dreaming shares remarkable stories from professionals who have spent a lifetime caring for people who are dying. Insights from scientific exploration into consciousness, deathbed dreams, near-death experiences, psilocybin research and caring for people at the bedside show us that death is not a simple off-switch, but comes with a whole set of phenomena that makes it a remarkable time.

In the Realm of Death & Dreaming will be released this fall. To get updates, sign up here.

“We have so much fear about dying and I wanted to explore these issues so we could more broadly understand the dying process, giving us ways to orient and prepare ourselves for the moment we must all eventually face.I want our audience to walk away with a sense of curiosity and awe about death and the powerful part it plays in our lives.”

—Johanna J. Lunn, Director

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