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“Death as Life,” – A Coping with Death Film

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Watch Death as Life from comfort of your home 2016

Watch Death as Life from the comfort of home!

Shhh! Death is a taboo subject. Most of us do not want to discuss it. We tiptoe around it, try to circumvent it, or use euphemisms. Our loved ones did not die; they “passed away,” “went to a better place,” or “moved on to their great reward.” Maybe we think we can avoid death, but no one can and death is not limited to physical death. It comes in many forms. We can experience the death of a dream, the death of a relationship, the death of our youth, the death of our health, and any number of significant changes that force us to grapple with impermanence. If we do not face and accept death, though, we fear it, and fear is an even heavier load to bear than death, because fear saps the energy out of life.

No matter who you are or what stage of life you are in, Death as Life, DVD  is a documentary film by Director Sofia Wellman regarding coping with death for you. In the midst of life’s constant changes, Death as Life is a friend who is here to make living a little easier.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Filmmaker, Author, Speaker – Sofia Wellman
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ®

Question: “Why did you produce the film Death as Life?”

Answer: The first interview took place in March 2006, but Death as Life wasn’t completed until June 2012. The reality of making a film never occurred to me. The length of time it took was proof. Like most things I have learned, I taught myself to make the movie in the process of doing it. I knew I needed a camera, like a naïve mountain climber knows he needs a rope. Everything else was revealed with each step, sometimes clearly, often through difficulties.

I went into the editing studio with fifty-seven hours of film covering thirty-seven interviews with people. That’s when I realized that extrapolating people’s truth was the easier part. Telling a story with their truth was far more challenging.

My goal was the motivation. I wanted to help us all deal with the inevitable part of life—death. I reached adulthood without any significant loss through death. The older I got, the odds of continuing unscathed by death were not on my side.

Ironically, during the process of making the film, I experienced my most devastating losses. Because the film consoled me, I knew I was onto something significant and was determined to finish it, no matter what it took.

In the process of making a movie on death, I was infused with faith in life. Life has its own flow, and all the control we attempt to exert is wasted energy. With every obstacle I encountered, a new direction opened up. For instance, if someone canceled an interview, a more appropriate interviewee came along. If I encountered technical issues, I met someone new who was more suited for the next phase of production. The synchronicities were endless. They are the magic of life we miss by our fear of death.

My conclusion is that death, like any experience in life, adds meaning to life and is not separate from life. Death as Life takes you through death—from the reality of it to the meaning of it. By interacting with death, our life becomes more intentional.

Fantastic Documentary!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"This is such a fascinating, eye-opening, thought-provoking documentary-- changing our view of death as a negative concept and replacing it with hope and joy and what waits for us on the other side. Sofia does a great job of including viewpoints of death from SEVERAL religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Kabbalah, Hinduism and many others (giving a well-rounded approach to this subject). As an anthropologist, I thoroughly enjoyed the anthropologist's research on death and the afterlife. The stories and quotes throughout the film were truly moving.

Death of a True Loved One.. Explodes your heart ..Sofia put the pieces Together,

★★★★★
5 5 1
"This film takes all the missing pieces that those of us experienced in the loss of some one near and dear.. For sure..the empty feeling never goes away it stays with you and it should. Sofia brings the true meaning and understanding of coping with a death through the eyes, voice and the listening to folks that have suffered such deep pains as you feel at certain times and perhaps for no reason.. it just comes upon you.. It is a brilliant effort of taking the many feelings and capsulate in a form that is enlightening, and leaves the viewer with an up lifted spirit and a wonderful understanding on how to deal with his or her own personal loss.. It is a wonderful film to have in your library..when sadness prevails or to loan to a friend when words can not express a solution.. I lost my wife almost 4 years ago..but found her in how to relate and accept such a loss..hard to explain..but I am sure many can understand.. A film for all ages that have to experience a loss alone or with other loved ones... Excellent viewing...

Beautiful Profound Film

★★★★★
5 5 1
"Really loved this movie!! Highly recommend. A profoundly beautiful video that shows that the process of dying and rebirth is a basic function of life in everything we do and everything we become.

Loved It !

★★★★★
5 5 1
"The film resonated with me in so many ways. I have experienced the loss of loved ones, and even though I have gone through grief support groups and therapy, for those losses, this movie added a whole new perspective on dealing with loss. It also changed my outlook on life. I am more conscious of how precious life is now in a way that I never was before. I had many aha moments while watching it. I also always find near death experiences hopeful in helping me to believe there is more to life than the physical world. Who would of thought a film on death would be so helpful for living life. Can't say enough about how great it is. I respect the film maker for trekking into such an uncharted territory.

Compelling and perspective changing!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"I am a 53 year old woman and have been grief stricken for months over the loss of my mother and sister. I've watched this movie with my 22 year old daughter, and we both came away feeling enlightened. It helped me to realize that death is not the end no matter what the viewpoint. I have been searching for a sign from my past loved ones, but now I realize it may not come in the form I had been expecting. The movie gave me a sense of well-being and taught me that grief is an ongoing process felt by many people all in different ways, and that it is okay to take as much time as YOU personally need to heal.

I will watch this many times.

★★★★★
5 5 1
"High recommended. Cathartic. Enlightening.

Well Done!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"Not what I was expecting, but a surprise in a good way. It really made me think a lot. I could easily watch this again.

Excellent!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"Watching this, I more clearly want to be aware of death on my shoulder. I miss those who have journeyed on, as I will also, as I wish to awaken to this journey. Thank you.

Fantastic! Very helpful

★★★★★
5 5 1
"This is a great film, filled with insight and compassion. If you are dealing with the death of a loved one or not, Sofia Wellman offers the viewer a lot to learn with this film. Well worth it!

Excellent film!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"An insightful documentary about life and death. Highly recommend for anyone.

Touching

★★★★★
5 5 1
"Moving and thoughtfully handled by the director. This interview rich documentary allows us an intimate look inside the hearts and minds of the bereaved, as they reflect on their loved ones, their loss, and the possibilities that may exist beyond this dimension. Recommended.

Watched it twice!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"Sofia Wellman’s documentary, “Death as Life” blew my mind as I was grappling with mortality and the mortality of my parents. It puts into perspective the fact that we all die, and the only thing that really matters is our acceptance of it. It is a beautiful documentary that explores a time we all experience whether we look it in the face or not. A must watch.

Title caught my eye

★★★★★
5 5 1
"With a subject like death, I thought this was going to be depressing, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was uplifting and helped me feel more at peace about the losses I have experienced. I recommend this to anyone who is going through a tough time from the loss of a loved one or even a break up.

I watched it more than once

★★★★★
5 5 1
"It is a great film about death and life!

Very moving! Wow!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"I loved this documentary! Each story was so moving I just wanted them to keep telling it. Really gave me something to think about with how we live the lives we have here...now. Definitely will watch a second time!

Beautifully done!

★★★★★
5 5 1
"An exceptional piece of art. Sofia A Wellman opens the world to a very sensitive yet delicate view of death. Death is very painful and few are bold enough to explore this topic. A must watch!

Perspective Changing

★★★★★
5 5 1
"This film sheds light on the death, dying, and loss by giving the viewer a glimpse into the many varied perspectives of this universal experience. Creating a conversation about a topic that is all too often taboo and yet profoundly affects us all. I highly recommended watching this film. By bringing this topic out of the dark and into the light, hope and healing can begin to blossom.

Excellent Film

★★★★★
5 5 1
"This film is very thought provoking. I loved the way each subject surrounding death is presented and discussed. The overall message of the film is positive and enlightening.

Wonderful and Elegant Film

★★★★★
5 5 1
"Wonderful and elegant film... Death As Life truly examines a variety of perspectives and experiences around death. Their stories and theories will open a new conversation within yourself and with others, initiating a deeper, more thoughtful life experience. This film can enlighten you, bring peace to those in grief, and remind some of us how to live again.

Inspires converstion on this important topic

★★★★★
5 5 1
"I enjoyed this documentary. My wife and I had a very stimulating conversation after watching it. Our parents are elderly and so this topic has been on our mind.