A short film illustrating the home funeral process.
Dorothy called Sacred Crossings because she wanted put her things in order. She had a heart condition and cancer but at 95 she felt it wasn’t necessary to have treatment, “I’m going to die anyway so what’s the point in prolonging things?’ she said cheerfully.
I fell in love on the first visit. Dorothy was humble and vulnerable yet fearless and strong in her Anthroposophical beliefs of the afterlife. “I’m ready to go when the time comes,” she said sweetly, “I just want to have a 3-day vigil after I die because I think it takes three days to get out of here.”
She was delighted when I asked if we could film her home funeral. “Oh yes, how fun! I’ll be in my very own movie,” she grinned. “Can you please ask people to dance at my funeral? I was a dancer so I would like people to dance –dancing is good for the soul.”
So we made a little film to illustrate the process of midwifing Dorothy through her transition and honoring her final wishes:
– To have friends care for her body after death
– To have a 3-day vigil at home
– To have a funeral celebration where everyone can dance