Ben Moon is an Oregon based photographer and filmmaker. In June 2015 his production company, Moonhouse, created a short film about his journey with colorectal cancer and touching goodbye to his beloved dog, Denali. The award-winning documentary has received over 15 million views, won 'Best of Festival' and 'People's Choice' at the 5Point Film Festival in 2015, and was featured on Oprah Winfrey's inspirational series, Super Soul Sunday.
Ben wrote this tribute on his Facebook page last February, “Three years ago today, I said goodbye to my best friend Denali. This amazing dog was at my side for 14 1/2 years, and his steady friendship gave me the strength and courage to stand on my own… this film honors his memory in a way that I am forever grateful for.”
Dogs certainly have a way of knowing like no other. Ben's message in the film is powerful and moving, “There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times.” It feels good to be reminded in such a beautiful way of what's really important in life. Have some tissues handy when you watch Denali.
In an article on National Geographic, Ben shared his thoughts on surviving cancer, lessons from a beloved dog, and introduces his new pup, Nori. He said in the interview, "On her very first day, we brought her home to the beach and I later realized it was the same place that Denali spent his last days. It’s amazing how things come full circle."
Every experience, including every loss, has something to teach us.