Griefwalker

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A friend shared this on the facebook. If you have 70 minutes to spare, well worth a watch. Incredible man, following a beautiful vocation…

Synopsis: 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 Jenkinson’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 film’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 culture’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 life’s end be the beginning of your deep love of being alive?

Just in case the image link fails – the movie can be accessed here.

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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18 Responses to Griefwalker

  1. alienorajt says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Having now read your lovely and touching words, I am going to watch the film itself. xxx

  2. alienorajt says:

    Reblogged this on Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman! and commented:
    A must-read post and a wonderfully thought-provoking film. Thanks to Running Elk for bringing this to our attention.

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Reblogged this on Sue Vincent – Daily Echo and commented:
    Definitely one to watch.

  4. Pingback: Death Denial: Response to ‘Griefwalker’ | Shamanic Paths

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