A Certain Kind of Death

At some point, many of us have probably thought about our own death. How it is going to happen, when it is going to happen and so on – but I imagine it is only a rare few, who thinks about the point between when death occurs and our funeral takes place. What will happen to us? Who will find us? What happens if we are all alone, when we die?

Personally, I had never given it any thought, until I stumbled upon the documentary “A Certain Kind of Death”. The description of the documentary reads as follows: “Unblinking and unsettling, this documentary lays bare a mysterious process that goes on all around us – what happens to people who die with no next of kin. Dead bodies in various stages of decomposition are seen, but not played for shock factor. Instead, you learn a little about each person, both what they were before death and what will happen to them afterward. They are followed from the discovery of the body to the final disposition of the remains, and each step in between” (Havoctrend, 2012).

The documentary is shocking, mostly because of how quiet and real it is. It is uncensored, without any sort of background music or gory images intended to shock and horrify – and although it is hard to watch, I definitely recommend it. As mentioned in the description, the documentary shows a series of people who were found dead in the early 2000s, most of whom had no next of kin. It shows the bodies, the homes, the burials, and puts everything into perspective. Anyone who is interested in watching the documentary can do it online, I will leave the link for you at the bottom of this post, and for those who have seen it, what did you think? Warning: The documentary is not for the faint-hearted.

Havoctrend. 22 Oct. 2012. A Certain Kind Of Death – Documentary. Video. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErooOhzE268


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  1. Hi just getting Started. I am just Figuring how to set up page. I read all of Gabriel trilogy witch was is very good. I just finished the raven @ the shadow. Ijust heard Mr. Reynard Series will in middle in fourth book, what have you heard? Thanks Lori

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    • Hi Lori! I don’t think I have red anything by Sylvain Reynard but his books sound really exciting, so I might give them a try. Thank you for commenting on my post, I’m also just getting started here on wordpress. If you need help with anything then feel free to message me. I’ve only been here a little over a week, so I might not know everything but I can always give it a try (and I love to help people). I hope you have a fantastic day!

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  2. I find it interesting that you say that few people think about what it would be like to die with no one in their lives and who will find us and what will happen to our bodies. I’ve actually written about it in one of my posts on my blog because I have often thought about this. It used to cause such anxiety for me. Mostly because I’m not old, but I’m not young anymore. I’m at that age when a heart attack or stroke could happen more often than when I was younger.

    Now I figure it doesn’t matter because I won’t be there. I will say that I am hesitant to watch the video simply because I’ve had anxiety about this very subject. I live alone and it would be weeks before anyone would even notice I was gone. Or, my body would lead them to me through the stench of death. Now I sort of joke to myself about it. Since I will no longer exist, it would be my gift to the world that I really never cared much for anyway. “Surprise! I’m no longer alive. Thanks for caring everybody.”

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  3. I watched the movie and it brought about all the thoughts I have had. How would my life be perceived as they go through my things. It caused me to notice that I watch what I do have around my apartment. How do I want to be remembered or perceived? I could never do the work of the coroner’s office. I would feel so sad for the people who died alone and with no kin. I’m simply too sensitive. You can see that my thoughts are scattered. It makes me really not want to be alone. Even though no matter what, we are alone. I’ve even thought about,and written about how I would be put into a tin then thrown into a bin. I add to that now, “to be forgotten”.

    I can say that I will write some sort of expression about these feelings. Whether in the form of poetry or prose. I probably shouldn’t have watched this before going to bed, but i am a curious person. I will say that it has given me a different perspective on my life, the way I live my life and how I would like to die. Not necessarily the method of death, but to have people in my life who would notice I was not around.

    My elusive behavior in life. Meaning that I don’t answer the phone much, leaving it on mute most of the time and the people I do have in my life know that I a very private and don’t call me much.

    I should stop here and write in my own blog rather than burden you with my thoughts and feelings. Thank you for sharing though. it did have a positive impact on me, even though it was through a seemingly dark way of coming to that positive impact. I am still watching it and I can’t believe that everything the coroners are doing is exactly how I’ve imagined it. It tears at my sensitive heart.

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    • Hi! You definitely didn’t burden me with your thoughts, actually I thought it was really interesting to read what someone else felt and thought after watching the documentary. I’m really glad you liked it even though it is difficult to watch. Since I made this post I have thought a lot about the first line, when I said that few people think about, who will find their body etc. Whenever I have talked to people about death, it has always seemed like no one really wanted to talk about it. To me it seemed like no one wanted to think about what happens afterwards, who will find them, the funeral, those kinds of things. I may be wrong or maybe it’s just the people I have talked to, who didn’t give it much thought. Personally I started to think a lot more about all that stuff after I had watched the documentary. Actually, one of the things I kept thinking about after having watched it, was that I hope my home won’t be a mess when the day comes and someone’s there to pick up my body. Not that it will matter because (as you said) we won’t be here to see it, so who cares if my home is a mess when I’m dead but… Yeah, that’s one of the things I thought about.

      Again, I’m really glad you liked the documentary and that you took the time to comment (twice) on my post. I thought it was such an interesting documentary and it really changed the way I view death and made me think seriously about the way I live my life and what I should get done now – like writing down where I want to be buried and what I want to happen to my organs etc. I’m really glad you also enjoyed the documentary and I’ll definitely keep an eye on your blog! By the way, I have visited your page a handful of times and I’m not able to comment or like any of your posts. Are you aware that people can’t comment or like, or is my computer just acting weird?

      Again, thank you for the nice comment(s)! (:

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      • Hi. Thank you for your wonderful reply to my comments. i was going to come back and thank you again because this documentary really has changed my view on life. In a profound way. Not so much about the concerns I once had, but in coming face to face with my greatest fear, I feel a sense of freedom from it. It was a fear that, even though I didn’t think about it all the time, was actually eating me away within. To the point where I was not living the life that I would prefer to live. Like a said, a dark thing brought a light to my life.

        As for the “likes” and comments on my blog. I didn’t know the “likes” button wasn’t there but I am aware of the comments not being there. I was receiving likes so I didn’t think about it. Now that button is available. As for comments, I’m not looking for discussion on my thoughts and feelings. I set out on my blog to maintain a purity of expression. I did add a “Contact” page, if someone really wants to contact me.

        As for you, you are a wonderful writer and, even though your subject matter is dark. I really enjoy how you present the subjects you cover. Written very intelligently and laid out in a logical way that allows the subject to unfold in a way that is very is very engaging.

        Thank you for visiting my blog, and the “like” button is now available. 🙂

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    • Hi again! Your comment is the sweetest comment I have ever received and it made me so happy. Thank you so much, it really made my entire week!

      I’m pretty sure people were able to like your posts when they showed up in the reader but on your website, it didn’t give me the option to like them. However, it could just have been my computer (it has been acting weirdly for the past few weeks). I’ll definitely keep an eye on what you’re posting and again, thank you so much for the comments!

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      • I was simply stating the truth as I perceive it in regards to your writing. You are very good to be able to engage me in a subject that isn’t really my forte. Your creepy demon story. Not something I would normally read but I couldn’t stop, because of how you expressed it.

        As you might have noticed, I have turned from words to colors. I’m expressing myself through color now. May not be for everyone but for me it is what I needed. Writing can drive me crazy after a while. Plus, my last blog had run it’s course. I found what I was seeking from it. Now I am enjoying, learning, and expressing myself through the beauty of color.


  4. I don’t know, but I’m kind of excited about death. It will be a new adventure.
    Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your letting me know you liked my excerpt from my novel, “The Telephone Killer. – Thanks again and Aloha – pjs/


  5. The gypsy woman told me I was going to die in a fire at 25. I showed here. Anyway. Great stuff, I love the dark themes and that you don’t shy around death as a taboo. Just wanted to let you know!


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