Advertisement

A Certain Kind Of Death

Unblinking and unsettling, “A Certain Kind of Death” lays bare a mysterious process that goes on all around us: What happens to people who die with no next of kin?

The award-winning documentary feature premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it received a Special Jury Prize. The film has been screened internationally in film festivals and on television.

Join The Conversation

22 Comments / User Reviews

Leave Your Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Just like everything else in life money talks. When these people were alive, they had jobs and families and contributed to the society. In death with no money, most likely spending every penny just to live these poor people who have died are treated like garbage. Cremated and buried in pauper’s grave with other poor deceased. They have vanished into thin air like they were never here. Only friends, family, school mates and co-workers to remember them. Gee I wonder what ever happened to so and so? If anyone would realize that their former buddy ended up in a pauper grave burned to a crisp, they just might start getting sick to their stomachs. This 2003 documentary is huge eye opener that class distinction follows you even right into death and where you end up and with who for eternity.

  2. Looks like our tax dollars get properly put to work the day we die. Awesome.

  3. We live in a great society, where effort and care are taken to put to rest those who have no one. It is not an uplifting film, but quite
    Interesting. Will make you think twice about isolating yourself.

  4. Uauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  5. This was a really good documentary.  I live walking distance from most of the places where bodies were found, and it really makes you think about how a lot of the poor, single people in this town will end their days here.  Great commentary on how our bodies, once we are done with them, are just shells to dispose of, and, in the wake of a soul passing, business must be conducted to conclude that person’s stay on earth.  I really respect the people who take on those tasks.  Thanks for letting us meet them and see them work.

  6. Fantastic and very informative. I was so impressed by the level of professionalism of everyone involved in the process. Great show!!

  7. Fantastic and very informative. I was so impressed by the level of professionalism of everyone involved in the process. Great show!!

  8. As a former mortician, this doc was very accurate.  I am impressed with how much LA does for the decedents.  We never wore bunny suits or all the protective clothing – just gloves – and ruined a lot of suits as a result.  I can tell you the worst part of the job was not what you saw but what you smelled.

  9. I had suicidal thoughts. Ironically, after seeing this doc, those thoughts have disappeared completely.

    I don’t wanna be found dead after three weeks, rotting amd with maggots running up and down your head, your belly expanding (and ultimately exploding if not found in time), like that guy on the toilet.

    What was I thinking??

  10. Graphic in certain spots but a well done documentary. Cried a little for the loss of these poor souls that no one claimed. I got a little ticked off with the Funeral Home director when he said that there was someone in Mr. Tanner’s spot when it clearly showed that NO ONE was in his spot and his last wishes could have been respected. Definitely a must see!

  11. Very graphic for sure.  Not the most entertaining documentary but still pretty interesting.  Just be prepared to look away several times if you’re squeamish of dead bodies.

  12. Very graphic for sure.  Not the most entertaining documentary but still pretty interesting.  Just be prepared to look away several times if you’re squeamish of dead bodies.

  13. amazing

  14. amazing

  15. Dead on the toilet for 3 weeks.

  16. Very graphic. But shows the care with which the services involved deal with a deceased in the event that they have no next of kin. It also shows the lengths that they go to in an effort to try and discover family members and in the event that none are found how they try to respect the departed’s last wishes.

  17. Very graphic. But shows the care with which the services involved deal with a deceased in the event that they have no next of kin. It also shows the lengths that they go to in an effort to try and discover family members and in the event that none are found how they try to respect the departed’s last wishes.

  18. very interesting

  19. Very good, very candid.