In Charles Camosy’s Losing Our Dignity, he mentions a documentary about prisoners providing hospice care for their fellow innates.
Intrigued, I searched for the trailer for this film titled Serving Life.
Take a look:
In the trailer, one of the prisoners reflects, “There’s just something in me that just wanted to do the opposite of everything bad I ever did.”
Later, another man in the film remarks, “Had they had the compassion they got now, had they had it on the street, they would have never committed the crime they committed to come here.”
I haven’t had a chance to watch the documentary, but I would certainly like to see it.
Absent experiences of showing and receiving mercy, we risk dehumanizing ourselves and others.
Caring for the dying has the power to transform and humanize us all.