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Surviving Death: Stories of Grief

Surviving Death: Stories of Grief

| 47 min

This short documentary profiles a variety of individuals and families who have dealt with the death of a loved one. These people—parents, children, siblings, partners, friends—candidly share their experiences of negotiating a new relationship with life after losing a loved one. Hailing from different cultural backgrounds, the people in this film hope their stories will allow others to begin expressing and understanding their own grief. They speak about the pain and powerful emotions they have experienced, about their need to reassess values and relationships after a death, and about the ways they have found to survive their loss. Recognizing that there is no single or easy path to recovery, this film can act as a thorough, sincere, and helpful resource for those in grief.

  • director
    Elizabeth Murray
  • script
    Elizabeth Murray
  • producer
    Gillian Darling Kovanic
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • cinematography
    Kim Derko
  • sound
    Jeff Carter
  • editing
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • sound design
    Dennis Burke
  • sound editing
    Dennis Burke
  • mixing
    Dennis Burke
  • music
    Dennis Burke


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Ages 12 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying

Warnings: Emotional topic; preview recommended

This documentary gives viewers an opportunity to hear from people who have experienced loss of a loved one. The film could be very useful in situations where students need encouragement and support after experiencing loss. In a class where students learn about death and dying, the students could write a reflection or have a discussion. 

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