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