‘Griefwalker’ on DVD and the ‘How it All Could Be’ book together in one package.
Dying: the great blindspot in a culture awash in information, the great arbiter in a culture adamant about extending the power of choice across all of our endeavours. Griefwalker is a feature length National Film Board of Canada documentary of Stephen Jenkinson’s work with and on behalf of dying people, directed by Tim Wilson. It is also a profound mandate for creating sanity around the heart breaking and often toxic death fears and practices that gather at our dying time now. Jenkinson asks,”What does it take to fall in love with being alive?”, and the answer that he offers, both unwelcome and vitally necessary, is, “Being willing to see the end of what you love.”
About How it All Could Be
At hundreds of screenings of Griefwalker across North America there are some questions that faithfully appear every time, whether in big cities or small villages: Has it always been this hard to die? What do dying people fear most? When do you really begin to die, and what are you supposed to do then? How is it that grief is a skill, something to be learned and practiced? This is a work book – part meditation and part guided study – that begins the deep human project of learning what dying well could be, and what dying asks of us all. It is a good companion to the film Griefwalker, and it works deeply on its own for anyone trying to approach dying with soul and intelligence intact. It is a little blueprint for a cultural revolution on behalf of dying people, on behalf of us all.