Last Night’s TV: Witnessing the Passing of a Life

2011 May 14

In a recent blog post we asked the question “Can Death Become a Beautiful Experience?” prompted by the controversy surrounding a scene from the BBC documentary series Inside the Human Body which would show the final breaths of Gerald, an 84-year-old man dying from cancer.

The episode was broadcast as planned last week. Watch the section of the show here:

Some media comment on the broadcast:

And, from The Guardian TV review:

It is not the kind of thing I would choose to watch every night, but the film was a genuinely moving, unsentimental portrait of an intimate moment and, compared with the daily dose of violent death we get on the news, it did more to make death seem less scary than any theologian has ever done. I can’t say I would choose to have my death filmed, but it was Gerald’s death and Gerald’s choice.

What do you think? Please leave your comments here…

One Response
  1. May 28, 2011

    I never cease to be amazed at the information coming from the Pallium newsletter. This BBC production was particularly moving and is a message for us all.

    Thank you all. God bless your work.

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