Using the suite of products that have been developed around a feature documentary film and book as awareness-raising and discussion tools, Worldview Enterprises, LLC, in partnership with Specialty Studios, the Chopra Foundation, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the Filmmakers Collaborative, and MarinLink, are launching a two-year campaign to contribute to an international dialogue on death and inspire a deeper appreciation of what it means to be truly alive.
How you Can Help
We need your help in using the book film and related products to foster a national dialogue about death so that people may live more fully, connect more deeply, and face their own and others’ mortality with greater peace and freedom. Your tax-deductible donation to MarinLink (a 501©3 committed to community engagement) will allow us to expand the reach of Death Makes Life Possible.
How Funds will be Used To Advance the Campaign
- Completion of training and curriculum materials for nurse, doctor, and caregivers
- Development of courseware for individual and family caregivers.
- Completion of a central web platform to expand access and distribution to the programs
- Support for dedicated engagement effort with emphasis on caregivers in need;
- A Public Television premier of Death Makes Life Possible
- Additional content development, development of “practices,” and outtakes for promotion.
Overall Program Goals
- To transform the fear of death into an inspiration for living by engaging in openings for meaningful dialogue about the end of life and what happens when we die.
- To equip caregivers, nurses, doctors, hospice volunteers , and family members with the tools to facilitate open discussion, and opportunities for expanding one’s worldview, as it relates to the topic of death.
- To nurture greater understanding of diverse worldviews, beliefs, and attitudes related to death and the afterlife in order to foster respect and pluralism.
- Further develop the website into a robust platform for the film to include: DIY screening tools (e.g., action guides, posters, postcards press releases) tailored to diverse audiences (e.g., medical professionals, hospice workers, caregivers) to use the film and book and related materials to foster meaningful dialogue with patients and among family members around end of life issues, beliefs and perspectives.
- Create a network of skilled facilitators who are available to lead screenings and process the book and film’s messages with diverse audiences.
- Host high-profile events that bring together top teachers, cultural leaders, and experts from many disciplines to produce new content streams (e.g., expert insights, participant testimonials, community engagement).
- Nurture a robust online community through a sustained social media presence enabling viewers to share their reflections on the book and film.
- Promote the book and film through a range of mainstream and alternative media channels.
- Support and publicize the films broadcast on public television stations nationally.
Death Makes Life Possible has grown from an early concept of producing a film on this important subject, into a more comprehensive program that will utilize a full product suite to advance a national dialogue on end of life, provide important training to caregivers across disciplines, and provide comport and support to the many people dealing with end of life issues.
To date, we have raised and received in-kind contributions in excess of $350,000 resulting in
- Completion of Death Makes Life Possible feature documentary
- Completed a book length manuscript that will be published by Sounds True in May, 2015.
- A successful launch to the film festival tour with a sold out 700 person international premier at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona, Official Selections in many festivals, and winning awards.
- Created a website to promote the advances in this campaign.
- Conducted a preliminary education program with evaluation to explore the efficacy of the training with encouraging results published in a well respected journal for clinicians
- Initiated work on a Guide for Nurses and Doctors.
- Several early screenings and workshops around the world resulting in important feedback to make our programs more effective.
We are now seeking $250,000 to complete the development of the product suite and expand outreach so the right products and trainings get to the people that need it most.
About the Team
The program is directed by Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., a social anthropologist and accomplished scientist, writer, educator, and filmmaker. Marilyn received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin and completed a post doctoral fellowship in the Psychology Department, Stanford University. She is President Emeritus of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, and Board Member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of Death Makes Life Possible, both the film and book.
This program is a collaboration between Worldview Enterprises, LLC., the Chopra Foundation, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Specialty Studios, Filmmakers Collaborative, and MarinLink.
We very much appreciate your consideration of making a contribution to this important effort.
For more information, please contact:
Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., Program Director
For community viewings, contact: