Film Notes: “Letting Go” (Episode 3 from series “Trip of Lifetime” with Greg Palmer)
Funeral home: staging one’s own funeral
Discussion about plague; practicing, preparing for and rehearsing one’s own death
Osaka (Japan) – “funerals reflect the values of their society”
Pensacola (US) drive-through window funeral home
What do funerals have to have so that they work for the mourners as well as the deceased?
Chief medical examiner, Washington DC.
Unclaimed bodies cremated 30-60 days after death
College of mortuary science
Embalming – 6 out of 10 Americans are embalmed (shows process)
Discussion of funeral home workers
Ghana: chief medical examiner
Bodies frozen while families save up for lavish funeral rituals
“Community involvement seems to be very important in the entire funeral process. We don’t just
get rid of the body—we care a lot about who does it.”
Sydney, Australia: funeral home – “White Lady Funerals”
Discusses role (and perception) of women as grievers
Discussion of the significance of community involvement in funerals.
Discussion of the British funeral camaraderie at funerals
Ghana: Funeral as a community catalyst is worldwide
Funeral among the Ashanti – takes 3 days