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1. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Okay, here's a question for you. If you heard about a documentary about the way people deal with Death and how it changed in the last 50 years, would you be interested in watching that when you saw it advertised in your TV guide?

The documenatary would feature interviews with people being confronted with Death on a regular basis (Nurse/Doctor, Funeral Directors, Priests) and also people from the street.

I am just scoping out my next project for college and got fascinated with that idea...

Thanks for your help.


2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

YES! But I have worked alongside all those folks....I think that makes me biased :(

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

YES! But I have worked alongside all those folks....I think that makes me biased :(

It also makes you an excellent source for information!

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

I would and i know my mum would as well.

5. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I would too. It sounds interesting.

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Yeah I would - ... well actaully not if it was in the T.V. Guide.. but if there was a website, or at the video store, then yes.

7. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

I'd watch it if I happen to be home, had nothing esle to do and flipping through the channels. I see people die or dying all around me at work, and therefore am quite desensitized to it. I don't think the topic would interest me enough to watch it if I had something else to do.

8. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

Whilst I would be inclined to watch it if I did not have anything better to do or watch, it would take a little bit more to draw me away from other things and devote all my attention to this type of doco. Perhaps a cross-cultural comparison of the way people interact with death could be incorporated. I just think that if you were to examine attitudes across a variety of cultures and over time, as well as looking at particularly bizarre or abject rituals, it might appeal to a wider audience.

9. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Thanks for all the feedback so far. It certainly helps me a lot looking for different angles, since the whole piece is only going to be 5-6 minutes long, so I need to concentrate on certain aspects.

The cross cultural aspect would be great to explore, but this is a college project and I have no budget whatsoever. But if this piece turns out to be good it might make a good promo for a big project. There are certainly very interesting funeral rituals around the globe. And it would involve travelling, hehehehe...

How does that 'being desensitized' manifest itself? Does it influence how you deal with your patients and your life?

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Yes, I would watch it, and like CC and Viv - I have worked in the field so I see things from a more clinical perspective.

I agree with Viv (in a way) about becoming desensitized. But, for me, it's not "desensitized' as much as it is creating an invisible wall around my emotions. I worked with neonatal patients (premature infants) more often than with adults. I needed to distance myself emotionally and try to stay as detached as possible in order to do my work effectively. Though, detached or not, both situations took their toll on me.