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CEOLP and End of Life Issues Featured in New HBO Films

In mid-August, two films related to end-of-life issues, directed and produced by Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill (of HBO’s “Axios”), were released by HBO Documentaries.

The Crestone End of Life Project and the late Aliyah Alexander are the subject of the short (13-minute) documentary, Funeral Pyre, an on-demand release for subscribers.

Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America offers a fascinating look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end. With attitudes about death and end-of-life choices rapidly changing, 2018 was the first time more Americans chose cremation over more expensive, traditional burials, disrupting the $16 billion a year funeral industry. As the baby boomer generation approaches death, more and more people are rethinking the ways end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what will happen when they die. Touching and heartfelt, the documentary spotlights a subject some might rather avoid, and presents it in a positive and thought-provoking manner — featuring stories of empowerment instead of avoidance.

Alternate Endings (1 hr. 8 min.) can be streamed on demand for subscribers until Sept. 18, 2019 from HBO’s website. It will be aired on television on these dates: Fri. Sep 13 at 12:45 am (Mountain Time) on HBO2; Fri., Sep 27 at 1:22 am MT on HBO LATINO; and Fri., Sep 27 at 1:25 am MT on HBO. www.hbo.com/documentaries

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An Oral History of CEOLP

How did the Crestone End of Life Project come to be? What was involved in getting it off the ground, and how does it work? A public informational event in Crestone in late April provided clear, articulate and interesting answers to these and other often-asked questions. Listen to the audio from that event below:


Crestone End of Life Project: History, Overview and Pyre Site Tour

Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 4 pm: Come learn all about the Crestone End of Life Project (CEOLP), its history and how it works, including a guided visit to the beautiful open-air cremation site. The free event begins at the Crestone Baca POA meeting hall and continues at the nearby pyre site. It is hosted by the local non-profit CEOLP and its educational outreach branch, Informed Final Choices (IFC). CEOLP facilitates the only legal, non-denominational, community-based open-air cremation site in the country.

Meet at the POA hall, where CEOLP/IFC founder and director Stephanie Gaines will speak and answer questions about CEOLP’s history. Other volunteers will talk about the pyre site and the roles of volunteer teams that make CEOLP’s service possible, from the time of a registrant’s death to the gathering of ashes after a cremation. Open Air, a short film by Adam Sekular about the cremation of a beloved community member, will be shown.

The event then moves to the pyre site, which will be set up as it is in preparation for a cremation. CEOLP volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and share personal insights. For more information, contact Kelley Michelle (phone or text) at (719) 431-1339 or ceolp.info@gmail.com. Also visit informedfinalchoices.org.

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