Detroiter makes documentary focused on faith, spirituality and the dying process
Life after death is an age-old topic that has been widely discussed and argued — from the time of ancient civilizations through now. With countless cultural and religious beliefs guiding us through the emotionally painful process of caring for loved ones at the end of their lives, to the rituals in the care of deceased bodies and final arrangements, death is an integral component of life.
In an upcoming documentary film, Detroiter Kebina Young takes a close look at the spiritual encounters some people close to the death and dying process have professed to have; claiming to see, hear and speak with the spirits of departed friends and family members. The premise was inspired by Young’s own personal experience in helping to care for her father prior to his death last December.
“Before my dad passed he would tell us he had seen my uncles and grandparents in the room with him, and when my mom and I shared these stories with others, we heard similar kinds of stories from people who had also cared for their loved ones before their passing, and I thought it would be great to compile these experiences into a book, or film,” says Young.
She describes the project as part natural inquisitiveness, part cathartic.
“This journey is helping me deal with my own grieving process,” she says. “I don’t think the pain and hurt from the loss of a loved one is something that ever truly goes away. It’s always there with you. But I do think that there are healthy ways to cope and move forward, and for me, this has become one of those ways.”
The documentary will be the first feature film by writer, director and producer Young. In the film she examines connections between faith, spirituality and the dying process. But don’t think it will be a spooky movie filled with ghost stories.
“I really just wanted to have this conversation with regular people. The film documents these conversations. I’m not providing evidence of the supernatural. It’s not a scary movie. I’m not trying to prove there is life after death. What I am doing is talking with people who have had these awesome, unexplainable encounters, and inviting them to share their stories. It’s less about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ and more about just exploring the wonderment of it.”
Young is interviewing persons who have experienced unexplainable occurrences around the deaths of loved ones, or have seen and heard angels and spirits, along with spiritual leaders from various faiths, healthcare professionals and others.
“I think it is important to include diverse voices. I’m a Christian, but I’m not just exploring Christian teachings on this issue. I’m speaking with people in the Buddhist faith, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam, because I’m interested in knowing what other cultures have to say. I’m talking with professors, doctors and nurses. I hope to have a pretty well-rounded discussion.”
If you have a story that you would like to share for consideration in the film, contact Kebina Young at firstname.lastname@example.org