Death Makes Life Possible – Project Update

What happens when we die? And how does asking this question imbue our lives with greater health, happiness, and pro-social behaviors?

Thanks to the support of over 550 of you, we have been able to dig deeply into these questions and more through the ‘Death Makes Life Possible’ project. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Our multi-talented team of experts has been working tirelessly over the past year on ‘Death Makes Life Possible.’ This project includes a feature-length independent documentary that we’re co-producing with The Chopra Foundation. It explores explores a subject that touches everyone and everything on the planet, and offers inspiration and hope for the last chapter in our book of life.

We have conducted beautiful and soul-filled video interviews with many amazing people from a wide array of cultural and scientific backgrounds. We have heard from a former coma patient who experienced transcendence during an encounter with his departed wife. We have learned about different cosmologies around death and what happens when we die—gaining insights from Navajo Hoop Dancer and hospice healer, Tony Redhouse; New Thought minister, Michael Beckwith; and leading physician, Dean Ornish. We have examined ways that scientists are studying near death experiences, reincarnation, and mediumship, and we have heard from healers from across the world about why these things matter for how we live our lives.

We are now in the editing room, exploring patterns that connect these stories and offer glimpses into an emerging new paradigm that links science and spirituality. In connection with the film, we have created a websitea Facebook page, and successfully completed a Kickstarter Campaign for development support.

We are also creating a companion book that will feature interviews with experts from diverse cosmologies about how death makes life possible. The book and discussion guide will provide suggestions for using the interviews and the film to engage in deep conversations with loved ones, patients, or for personal exploration. We also have dreams of a research project that will allow us to explore the impact that diverse cosmologies have on caregivers’ personal and professional well-being, using the film as an intervention for healing.

We are so very grateful to those of you who helped support this project!!! It has made all the difference! We invite you to continue to fund the development of the film, book, education, research and dissemination of this powerful work. For more information on how you can help, please contact

About Marilyn Schlitz

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist, researcher, award winning writer, and charismatic public speaker. She serves as President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing, and board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more than three decades, Marilyn has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities, and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders. Her books include: Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine; Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; and Death Makes Life Possible. She also wrote and produced a feature film, Death Makes Life Possible, with Deepak Chopra, that has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is currently creating enrichment programs for life long learning and health professionals.
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