by Brian Boye
Filmmaker based in Kansas City.
Summer 2000 I made an epic 36 hour road trip with some of my Fraternity Brothers, from Omaha to Chicago and back. We sang the National Anthem at a White Sox game, and four of us alumni drove back to Nebraska overnight be cause we had jobs to get to.
I dropped off my friend Bill Rundle, who was one of my 2 best friends in the world. I hadn’t seen him in a while, and as we were departing I said, “Buddy, I haven’t seen you in a couple of months. We’ll get together in August, drink some beers and catch up. I miss you. I love you.” Bill said “I know.” And we went our separate ways. It was the last conversation I ever had with Bill Rundle.
Fast forward about 10 years. I move to Kansas City and join the IFCKC, a filmmaker networking group. I begin my career as a filmmaker. Fast forward a second time to Spring of 2011 and I decide it’s time to tell Bill’s Story… and share other people’s stories of last conversations with a loved one. 4 years later, Famous Last Words debuts at the KC Film Festival. ~ Brian Boye
Visit Famous Last Words on Facebook.
In this video, Carole Geithner, author of a book for bereaved children (If Only) and a social worker,
is interviewed by Tessa Smith McGovern BookGirl.TV about coping with grief,
what to say and what not to say to a bereaved person.
Read the story, Invisible Tattoos, that Carole wrote for our blog here
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My sharing of John’s story was my first attempt to spark a conversation about the taboo subject of suicide, and in particular the challenge of coming back from an attempt and choosing life. It worked well enough to bring more than a half million viewers to see it. It’s been lovingly translated into 39 languages by volunteers and shown at numerous TED events around the world. I said in the talk that I was trying to “start a conversation worth having about an idea worth spreading.” That idea is determining how best to support the many people who attempt suicide but fail and seek to return to life. Continue reading “Revealing a Heartbreaking Secret on the TED Stage”