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Living While Dying


Film: Living While Dying


Monday, November 5, 2018
5:00 pm | Light Refreshments
5:30 - 7:00 pm | Film & Discussion

In a world that sees death as something to vanquish, the 45-minute documentary Living While Dying presents an alternative: people living with terminal illness who greet the inevitable with courage, humor, creativity and acceptance. Though the subject is difficult, the film is surprisingly uplifting. In Living While Dying, filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin sets out on a brave quest to face mortality.

Cathy’s mom, Jonnie Szold Zheutlin, now 92, attended Russell Sage Nursing College. She is featured in the film, and she will be traveling with the film for the Q&A. Jonnie walked across America in 1986. She has five grown kids, four grandkids, and down-to-earth wisdom and spunk.

Death is a big mystery, yet the outcome is 100% certain. Dispelling traditional fears and expectations about death, Living While Dying invites us to reimagine and set the stage for our own inevitable endings. It offers profound opportunities to uncover value, grace, and meaning for all stages of life.

Zheutlin travels from Portland to Australia to Bali as she explores and unravels her own fears with an open, upbeat style. Along the way, she meets an Aboriginal elder and a “death walker” in Australia, and she witnesses a mass cremation in Bali. Because it's personal, she invites her 90-year-old mom to an outside the box moment – sitting inside a box, a coffin, to talk with her about her end-of-life wishes.

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