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Saturday, November 7th, 2020
11:00 am to 11:30 am

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2020

The number of church burials is continuously decreasing, but not the desire for a dignified and individual farewell ceremony. The last few months have shown how elementary this need is: The strict requirements for funerals were perceived as painful. The film introduces people who have their own experiences with death and who campaign for a conscious farewell. Christa Fredrich accompanied her husband until his death and fulfilled his wish for an earth burial. It was a long, painful process of saying goodbye, says Christa Fredrich, but she is grateful for every minute. Her story shows how important it is to meet the wishes of the dying person, but also to meet one's own needs as a loved one.

Juliane Uhl wants people to give themselves more time to say goodbye. Anonymous burials and the urn grave in the meadow are increasing. In the end there is no place for grief. The sociologist Juliane Uhl therefore developed the project of a cemetery. The undertaker Eric Wrede also pleads for taking your time. He offers people to build an urn themselves to say goodbye in a very personal way. The photographer Walter Schels spoke to people in the hospice about the last phase of their life and asked them for permission to photograph them before and after their death.

For him it was a way to overcome his own fear of death. The portrayed have the opportunity to leave a peaceful picture as a kind of farewell message. Especially when fewer people have a bond with church and faith and therefore traditional rituals are no longer a matter of course, it is important to consider how the farewell at the end of life should be organized. The film encourages you to get involved in these questions, even in the middle of your life.

Author: Henrike Sandner
Editorial staff: Gábor Toldy