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'The Last Ecstatic Days' Asheville screening November 17

Updated: Nov 14, 2023



If you are an Asheville-area CCLD supporter who has been waiting for a chance to see "The Last Ecstatic Days," we have news for you!


On Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at Pack Library, everyone is invited to attend this no-cost local showing of the documentary telling the story behind the inspiration for the Center for Conscious Living and Dying.


This screening is part of the local AARP film discussion series, "Dancing with Death: The Last Great Adventure." CLICK HERE for details.


A moderated discussion follows with CCLD Director of Education Hannah Fowler and home funeral guide Michele Skeele of the Carolina Mountain Sanctuary, a green cemetery providing natural burial.



About the movie

Photo: Ethan Sisser in his hospital room. Still from "The Last Ecstatic Days" used with permission.


Ethan Sisser, a young man afflicted with brain cancer, sits alone in his hospital room. When he begins live-streaming his death journey on social media, thousands of people around the world join him and celebrate his courage. Still, Ethan envisions more – to teach the world how to die without fear.


To honor his final wish of filming his death, his doctor, CCLD Executive Director Aditi Sethi, transports him to a quiet house in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville. What unfolds next is a story that's rarely glimpsed: how a community of strangers helps a young man die on his own terms.​


Dancing With Death: About the film series


A series of award-winning films dealing with end-of-life issues happens at Pack Memorial Library on Fridays from 2 - 5 p.m. through December 8. The program is designed to help people better understand and become more comfortable talking about death and dying — and perhaps shifting their perspective on end-of-life experiences.


Each film will be followed by in-depth, thought-provoking, and death-positive discussions moderated by Gail Harris, National Emmy Award-winning journalist for PBS and NPR and former correspondent for ABC News Nightline and World News Tonight. These six exceptional films by new and established filmmakers, animators, and actors about death and dying are entertaining and inspiring. Potential discussion topics will include legacy, the spiritual side of death, alternative ways to die, preparedness, facing fear, and finding courage.


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