GRIEFWALKER | 1hr : 10mins
Director: Tim Wilson | Producer: National Film Board of Canada
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Canada
Griefwalker is a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film, directed by Tim Wilson and produced in 2008. It is a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen Jenkinsonâ€™s work with dying people. Filmed over a twelve year period, Griefwalker shows Jenkinson in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counseling sessions with dying people and their families, and in meditative and often frank exchanges with the filmâ€™s director about the origins and consequences of his ideas for how we live and die, while paddling a birch bark canoe. A few of the themes appearing in the film: Where does our cultureâ€™s death phobia come from? Is there such a thing as good dying? How is it that grief could be a skill instead of an affliction? Who are the dead to us? How can seeing your lifeâ€™s end be the beginning of your deep love of being alive?