This must be the place

7 minutes

A 70-year-old Danish mariner and yogi shares his plans for dying well

Gert, a 70-year-old Danish mariner and yogi, often thinks about his death. He wishes to die consciously in his home, and ‘full of days’, which is how his grandmother described her sense of fulfillment at the end of life. Until then, he seeks peace through his yoga practice, his study of Native American teachings and simple routines aimed at balance and mindfulness. Humble, thoughtful and earnest, Gert exudes the kind of acuity and wisdom that Western society no longer seeks in its elders, which was precisely what caught the attention of the UK-based filmmaker Jon Kwan.

Director: Jon Kwan

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