An unusual TV program premiering next month explores innovative ways that Americans are approaching the end of life. The HBO documentary, “Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America,” premieres Aug. 14 on the pay-cable channel.
“With attitudes about death and end-of-life choices rapidly changing, 2018 was the first time more Americans chose cremation over more expensive, traditional burials, disrupting the $16 billion a year funeral industry,” HBO notes in an announcement released today. “As the baby boomer generation approaches death, more and more people are rethinking the ways end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what will happen when they die. Touching and heartfelt, the documentary spotlights a subject some might rather avoid, and presents it in a positive and thought-provoking manner — featuring stories of empowerment instead of avoidance.”
The film tells six stories of people nearing death and of family members of the recently deceased, who have chosen non-traditional end-of-life options and remembrances, from celebrations of life and living wakes, to green burials, extraterrestrial burials and more.
The project is directed and produced by Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill (HBO’s “Axios”).
Click here for details on each of the six stories along with other information about the program.