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photo The Way We Die
Listening to the Terminally Ill
By Jonathan Mednick

Through interviews with doctors, patients and family members, and through intimate and movingly filmed interactions between medical personnel and their terminally ill patients, this video encourages health professionals to work with their patients to devise treatment plans in accordance with their needs and values, and to attend to the larger issue of what illness means for a particular patient and family. This is a valuable tool for continuing education programs, and for schools of nursing, medicine and allied health.

24 minutes
© 1995
Purchase $199 DVD
Order No. QA-154
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-871-5

"This video says it all when it comes to treating the dying and their families with dignity and respect." Julie Baumer, RN, Mountainview Hospital

"Graphically demonstrates the challenges of keeping patients alive even when their quality of life has markedly deteriorated. Provides a basis for discussion among physicians, social workers, nurses, and terminally ill patients and families." Best Science Films & Videos, Science Books & Films

Awards & Conference Screenings
International Health & Medical Media Awards
Second Place, Media Owl Awards
International Congress for Care of the Terminally Ill
American Psychological Association
American Society on Aging
National Social Science Association
Columbus International Film and Video Festival

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Caring at the End of Life — with related study films: This three-part series deals with end-of-life care and decision making in the hospital, through profiles of several severely ill patients and the staff who deal with them.

Caring at the End of Life: Based on six case studies of seriously ill hospitalized patients, this moving film focuses on the key roles of nursing staff in improving patient-clinician communication in end-of-life care.

The Journey Home: The candid stories of five patients exemplify the unique gifts of hope, relief, and dignity that hospice care programs offer to thousands of terminally ill patients each year.

Common Heroes: Follows the nurses, physicians, social workers and clergy who make up the hospice team, and demonstrates the ways they collaborate to help patients and families.


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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website