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Life Lessons from "A Soldier's Passage"An article by Tom Gilbert - copyright ©July 29, 2019
Life lessons can be learned from the passing of elders as shown in Paul Ingles' loving tribute to his father with the film, "A Soldier's Passage".
Anyone who has been present for the final breaths of a loved one's long life understands that it is a transformational experience. Death comes to us all and if we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by loving family members then it can be a very holy moment.
For Paul Ingles, writer/director/actor in A Soldier's Passage - Conversations from the last mile of the long march home, witnessing the passing of his father was a gift, one he says was "the most profound experience I've ever experienced."
Ingles' based his first
feature-length film on the final months of an elder's life and he
also played himself in the mostly true reenactment of the final months and eventual passing of his WWII veteran
father. Paul changes the names of family members and other key people,
such as his therapist who helps him through the process of those final
months, but clearly the real life events on which the docu-drama is
based contains many meaningful life lessons.
In the end we find we've been privy to some intimate moments. Those moments can be personal treasurers, as I've experienced with the passing of my own parents.
For those interested in exploring A Soldier's Passage more deeply, Paul Ingles will be conducting a two-session discussion and screening of the film through the Oasis Program on August 14 and 21 (info here).
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