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Griefwalker (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2008 (Canada)
GRIEFWALKER is an extraordinary portrait of Harvard-trained theologian Stephen Jenkinson, who teaches that death empowers us to live and that we must know grief well in order to appreciate ... See full summary »

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GRIEFWALKER is an extraordinary portrait of Harvard-trained theologian Stephen Jenkinson, who teaches that death empowers us to live and that we must know grief well in order to appreciate our own lives. Many may find Jenkinson's belief that our deaths are not something to be denied or avoided but 'befriended' as challenging; he points out that not every culture fears death as we do. The film carries viewers into the lives of those confronting death, as well as those learning how to help people die well. Combining beautiful imagery of the impermanence of nature and the actuality of dying, GRIEFWALKER weaves an illuminating picture of a remarkable man and leaves us with a deeper understanding of how our deaths could be held as 'a prized possession.'

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Stephen Jenkinson: The crucible of making human beings is death - every culture worth a damn knows that.
Stephen Jenkinson: It's not success, it's not growth, it's not happiness, it's death.
Stephen Jenkinson: That's the cradle of your love of life - the fact that it ends.
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Thank you my elders for being there, although I never met you
9 September 2019 | by cihatbakirSee all my reviews

Dear Stephen usta ve Tim abi,

We watched this documentary after digging the grave for our cat Bolt and burrying him. I had already been reading Die Wise and I knew we had to watch this. Today.

Thank you my elders for being there, although we never met you. Thank you for who you are, how you have lived and what you have lived through. Thank you for your wisdom and thank you for sharing it. Thank you for helping us and guiding us.

Bolt was the most tremendous cat and we're deeply thankful to have had him in our lives for the year and a half that he was alive on this planet. A sudden but not untimely death. For his love had filled our hearts to the brim. Where both of us feel like he gave us love and joy worth a decade. So intense was his presence. Farewell my little lion. You will remain in my heart as a dearly, dearly loved one until it is also my time and turn to die.

To all the parents who have had to burry their children, I commend your strength, I feel for you and I wish on you that "your grief and your ability to love life are clinking their glasses and toasting you" for mine is, even if at times it feels like grlef is clinking too hard and the cups won't stand.

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"Grief is not a feeling. Grief's not how you feel. Grief's what you do. Grief is a skill. And the twin of grief as a skill of life is the skill of being able to praise or love life, which means wherever you find one, authentically done, the other is very close at hand: grief and the praise of life, side by side, the honored guests, room at the head table, and they're toasting you, grief and the ability to love life, they're clinking their glasses and toasting the living, so here's to your health. Until the time comes we come to get you, live well."

------- Stephen Jenkinson


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