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
Original photo: Space Ritual.