While there are numerous books and videos on the subject of end-of-life issues, IFC volunteers have compiled a list of those they find particularly useful. This list, ordered by topic area, will build over time.
Zen Hospice documentary.
A moving documentary on Palliative Care teams serving terminal patients and their families at UC San Francisco Hospital and the Zen Hospice, under the active direction of BJ Miller. The First Thing to do When Someone DiesRhiannon Giddens performs “Calling Me Home” with Francesco Turrisi, from their album ‘They’re Calling Me Home,’ due April 9 on Nonesuch Records It Exists – A message from Har-I 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 (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.
A beautiful 8-minute video about death doula Alua Arthur, who helps people prepare for death physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Open Air, a film by Adam Sekuler about a CEOLP cremation.
At the only open-air cremation site in the United States, encircled by mountains, a torch is lit at the altar surrounded by ninety people, a family lights the fire that consumes their loved one’s body, sending billows of smoke into the blue sky of dawn. This twenty-minute video depicts Crestone’s open air cremations. Click to Purchase Open Air
PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDESHOW OF CEOLP CREMATION CEREMONIES
Crestone resident Rodney Volkmar has created a moving series of photographs that portray the cremation ceremonies of two close friends.
Please contact Rodney for more information or authorized permission to use these images. Slideshow of open-air Cremation in Crestone Colorado 2014 by Rodney Volkmar The Transition, 2002 passing and open-air cremation of Laverne Howell by Rodney Volkmar
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The Crestone End of Life Project is our community group based in Crestone, Colorado.
Poetry & Photography
Read poetry about the sacredness of transition from life into death. To share in reflection, remembering or as part of a farewell or memorial ceremony.