We all fear Death. We don’t want to think about it. But is it possible that facing our mortality can inspire us to live our lives more fully? This fascinating new documentary features some of the leading scientists, anthropologists, philosophers, spiritual teachers and thinkers of our time – including Yassir Chadley, Deepak Chopra, Mingtong Gu, Stuart Hameroff, Lauren Artress, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake, Rudy Tanzi, Luisah Teish, Dr. Jim Tucker and others.

Death Makes Life Possible, a Film by Marilyn Schlitz and Deepak Chopra is a documentary film that takes the viewer on a beautiful journey through one of life’s most feared experiences: death.  Scientists, spiritual teachers, health professionals, scholars, children, and those who have had mystical near-death experiences share their stories with anthropologist, Marilyn Schlitz. She explores the mysteries of death and examines scientific research; ways to cope with grief; and considers the possibility that consciousness might survive after bodily death. Engaging in this exploration of the inevitable can help to transform the fear of death.

The Chopra Foundation and
The Institute of Noetic Sciences present
A Worldview Enterprises production of
A Petaluma Pictures film

Death Makes Life Possible

Executive Producers: Deepak Chopra and Marilyn Schlitz
Director: Mark Krigbaum
Producer: Angela Murphy
Writer: Marilyn Schlitz


Rights Available

Worldwide Television, VOD, Digital (exclusive of the USA)

Program Details

FORMAT: 1 x 56’ Television Special (1 x 71′ Feature Documentary also available)
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2014
PRODUCER: Specialty Studios Move the World
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

Technical Details

MASTER FILE: ProRes 422, 1920 x 1080
VIDEO: Texted and Textless versions available
AUDIO: Full Mix Stereo and MDE Tracks available


Festivals and Awards

Official Selection, Illuminate Film Festival 2014

Official Selection, Spirit Film Festival 2014, Cinemateque Tel Aviv

Official Selection, Temecula Valley Film Festival 2014

Official Selection, San Diego Film Festival 2014

Official Selection, Petaluma Film Festival 2014

Official Selection, Cosmic Cine Film Festival 2015

Silver Telly in the Documentary Category, 35th Annual Telly Awards 

Bronze Telly in the Religious/Spiritual Category, 35th Annual Telly Awards

Reviews and Comments

“Death Makes Life Possible skillfully and gently raises the curtain on what we think of as the last act in our play of life.  A landmark production, not to be missed.” – Light of Consciousness Magazine

– “I am Deepak Chopra, and I am proud to be a part of this program that is redefining death.” – Deepak Chopra

Join the Global Campaign to Redefine Death and Transform Fear Into an Inspiration for Living and Dying Well at the film’s Official Website

Death Makes Life Possible, The Companion Book
Written by Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D.
Foreword by Deepak Chopra, MD
Published by Sounds True
270 Pages. Paperback.

Our beliefs about what happens when we die define how we live today. And more and more of us are discovering a radical truth: when we release our fear of death, we open to an immensely richer life right here and now. But how do we incorporate this profound insight into our everyday lives? In Death Makes Life Possible, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz presents a wealth of teachings and practical guidance on how to turn this taboo topic into a source of peace, hope, connection, and compassion.

Featuring contributions by eminent scientists and scholars, spiritual leaders and devout skeptics, health practitioners, and people from all walks of life, this far-reaching work offers a companion to the award-winning documentary, revealing the myriad ways that we grow and change by expanding our perspectives on the ultimate mystery facing each one of us.

Join Dr. Schlitz to learn more about:

• How facing the fear of death can motivate us to reprioritize our goals, expand self-worth, and help promote social harmony
• Dreaming and the transformation of death—the fascinating connections and new perspectives we can gain by paying attention to the world of our dreams
• Life, death, and the quantum soul—how post-materialist scientists are introducing new ways of understanding life as part of a nonlocal, interconnected universe that exists outside of linear space and time
• Shifting our collective discourse from “one of fear to one of awe and wonder” in order to heal ourselves and the world we share

“Understanding our relationships with the seen and unseen realms of everyday existence offers us new possibilities for living a big, juicy life filled with humility, purpose, meaning, and hope,” explains Marilyn Schlitz. In Death Makes Life Possible, she offers a treasury of teachings with the power to transform every aspect of our lives.