The Truth About Death | Documentary Idea
by Gillian Montieth
This is a suggestion, rather than a pitch.
Death is something that happens to us all. There's no escaping it, yet we have so little information on what to expect. Death is a fairly scary event, it's so final and there's no turning back.
Death has touched most of us in some way. A family member or friend we lay them to rest not knowing what actually happened. Did they suffer? Was it painless? Was it quick? Where are they now? Are their soulless bodies becoming one with nature? Soaring over the clouds.. Or burning in hell??
I don't intend for the documentary to be morbid, in fact that's the whole point... Death is morbid and taboo. It's something people only talk about in dark corners and leave their sentences hanging.
We don't know enough. I've searched for information and I find cancer patient stories, documentaries on death row inmates and death metal.
There are so many programmes about our entrance into this world, the miracle of birth, yet leaving this world is just as important to us, and of course all the people who have learned to love us along our journey.
What I suggest is this. A series of programmes that embraces death as the final outcome. Half, a scientific fact based guide to what happens to the body during the process of dying in various different circumstances. Half of each episode a look at different religions and their beliefs about death and the afterlife.
From angels and spirits to burning in hell. It is a huge opportunity to put all the facts and beliefs together, bringing the subject out of the dark corners and maybe alleviating fears of the unknown.
It will also provide a platform for the many religions to share their beliefs, and give an opportunity to consider and appreciate differing beliefs, thereby promoting religious tolerance in these difficult times.
I consider this information crucial to our own peace of mind, and for those we leave behind. We don't want to have to search for snippets of information here and there, we want rational, fact based information. We want to know what is going to happen, to each and every one of us, without exception.
What do you think?