The recent Death Café, facilitated by Seattle Death Guyz Kateyanne Unullisi and Francis Lee, created a great environment for a generative conversation. The age range of folks present went from 30’s to 60’s, each sharing their current thoughts/experiences on Death.
Culled from our conversation is the following list of media titles - some movies, some books - that are apropos and sure-fire conversation makers about Death, Loss, and Dying:
-The Denial of Death. A 1973 work of psychology and philosophy by Ernest Becker. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1974.
-I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project. The true-life stories in this unique collection provide "a window into the American mind and heart" (The Daily News). One hundred and eighty voices - male and female, young and old, from all walks of life and all over the country - talk intimately to the reader.
-A Brave Mourning. Website/blog. On December 8th 2011 I witnessed the birth and the death of my beautiful son, Brave Bauman. This is his story. This is my story. This is our story. Be kind as I learn how to live into my son’s name.
-The Sons Room. A 2001 Italian film directed by Nanni Moretti. It depicts the psychological effects on a family and their life after the death of their son.
-Lars and the Real Girl. A 2007 American-Canadian comedy-drama film written by Nancy Oliver and directed by Craig Gillespie.