Netflix’s ‘Surviving Death’ Will Examine What Happens After We Die

During what is probably the most contemplative period of the calendar year, a time dedicated to seeking new direction in one’s life and soon-to-be-abandoned attempts at regaining some personal control, Netflix has seen fit to throw an existential monkey wrench into our collective works by releasing Surviving Death – a documentary series set to explore the age-old question of what actually happens after we die.

Based on the book by best-selling author/journalist Leslie Kean and directed by Ricki Stern (Reversing RoeJoan Rivers: A Piece of Work), the upcoming docuseries will be a broad six-episode investigation on the “possibility of an afterlife”; as well as how civilisation has approached the concept of death in general:

What does it mean to die and is death the end of our existence? Weaving together innovative new research with firsthand accounts from those who’ve been close to — and even experienced — death, the series takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into a world beyond human existence as we know it.



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According to Collider, the first episode will centre around the basic idea of whether it’s possible to “survive” death after our physical bodies have called it a day. Subsequent episodes will take a look at mediums – eyerolls are more than welcome – claims of the dead manifesting, the science behind communicating with the so-called afterlife, and even real-life claims of reincarnation.

Of course, given the nature of a “broad investigation”, you shouldn’t expect to have every one of your questions answered. At best, we can hope for a fresh perspective on life, perhaps even some human comfort to kick of 2021.

Surviving Death will be available to stream on Netflix starting from January 6th.