A Certain Kind Of Death is a sobering documentary that interviews those from the Los Angeles County morgue who calmly confront death on a daily basis. It’s an unblinking and unsettling film that begs the question, “What happens to people who die without any next of kin?”
While death is something that each one of us must eventually face, not everyone has made plans for their funeral before they pass on. Some pass away in a manner that makes it difficult for them to be identified, while some are simply never claimed by anyone.
The film follows the death of three individuals and how their bodies and belongings are managed, right up until they’re cremated. As the film goes on, the employees from the coroner’s office slowly unravel each individual’s life story through family photos, letters, and conversations with caseworkers.