Videos for Sacred Dying

I recently completed a set of videos for the nonprofit group Sacred Dying, which creates peaceful rituals for those who are in the last hours of their lives.  The videos are intended to train hospital and nursing home staff members what they can do to create “sacred” space around the dying person’s bed and to help family members of the dying person to focus on and respond to the needs of that person.  Sacred Dying trains vigilers to “sit with” the dying – to read poetry or spiritual passages, to sing songs, to play music, to hold the person’s hand, to write notes to family members for them, etc.  My work was to edit the script that had been created, to cast actors and others for the scenes, to create an atmosphere in which real vigilers, who are generally not actors, can “roleplay” seamlessly with actors in the fictional scenarios, and then to produce and direct the video shoot of the scenes.  I also supervised the post-production/editing of the scenes and delivered a finished product to the Sacred Dying folks, which they find very useful to their training.

It was a wonderful project for all of us to work on, and the videos will be very useful in the training that they are intended for.  This sort of project is why I love so much the opportunity I get to help people tell their stories “through the Window of Video.”

Terry Lamb – Videosyncracy

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