Dying at Peace, a series of four half-hour documentaries that will also be presented as one two-hour feature-length film, takes a thoughtful look at the best information available about our “final hour” and what lies beyond.
Director David Kennard plans to follow as a “compassionate witness” four terminally ill individuals, their caregivers and families through death and into the week following death.
The four individuals will be chosen for their contrasting beliefs in the afterlife. The filmmaker will follow a Christian, a Buddhist, a spiritual free-thinker, and an atheist. Kennard writes: “I will take a wholly nonjudgmental view of their beliefs, and film whatever spiritual assistance they may invoke – praying, interacting with a priest, involvement in a spiritual discipline, or rejection of these practices.”
The filmmaker will also interview spiritualists and scientists. “Science can talk to religion, and so it should,” Kennard says.
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Kennard is in the research and development phase or production.