Death & Dying
Alzheimer's & African Americans: Echoes from the Past
Examines the high incidence of Alzheimers disease in the African-American community, through the first-hand experiences of families who are providing care for a loved one with this devastating dementia. Health professionals offer realistic discussion of diagnosis and treatment, as well as genetic factors, financial concerns, and caregiver stress.
The Andre Show
The filmmaker and her adopted son, who was born with HIV, share the story of their extraordinary friendship, and of the challenges of Andre's short yet intense life.
Angela is a bright, attractive young mother with two small children, and terminal breast cancer. This candid, compelling documentary follows Angela as she visits her physician and explores treatment options, while dealing with issues of body image, loneliness, and romance — and trying to pack twenty years of mothering into five.
Awakening from Sorrow
Documents the power to transform pain into action and to lift the veil of repression that has gripped a generation of young people orphaned by Argentina's 'Dirty War.'
Follows brain cancer patients and the loved ones who care for them as they face painful and frightening medical procedures and their side effects, while trying to balance hope and realism in the face of a discouraging prognosis.
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.
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.
The Chemo Ate My Homework
Kids with cancer are kids first. In between surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, they want and need to continue with their ordinary lives. A brave, dedicated, and skilled corps of teachers help to give young patients a measure of normalcy. But not all the kids make it, and teachers must develop the strength to cope with grief and carry on.
Claire is a nurse but, she says, "I've learned some things since I was the patient." When the physician gave her the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, she understood the words, "but I couldn't hear anything he was saying." One in a series of brief, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators.
Academy Award nominee for Best Short Documentary. Explores four open-ended cases in which nurses confront serious ethical dilemmas in their day-to-day work.
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.
Death on Request
Controversial documentary records the last days — and actual death — of a Dutch man who chose euthanasia to end his suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Discussing Advance Directives
A nursing team and physician meet to discuss the difficulties they encounter in working with patients on advance directives. Part of the Caring at the End of Life series.
The Elder Project
An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.
Ethics Thru Drama
A powerful and evocative series of short, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators, and designed to focus discussion on complex ethical issues in end-of-life care.
Profiles the EXIT organization, which for over twenty years has counseled and accompanied the terminally-ill and severely handicapped towards a death of their choice.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.
A Family Undertaking
Profiles the home funeral movement, and the complex psychological, cultural, legal and financial issues surrounding the growing trend of families choosing to prepare loved ones at home for burial or cremation.
For veterans living in "Famous 4A," the hospice unit at Palo Alto Hospice Care Center, life goes on and even progresses.
A Fate Worse than Death?
Families and caregivers confront the heartrending decision of whether to withdraw artificial life supports from loved ones in a coma or vegetative state.
After painter Bill Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he began his greatest body of work a decade-long series of self-portraits chronicling his journey into dementia.
Blends humor, music and insight in an entertaining primer for physicians and other healthcare providers who need to talk with patients about end-of-life decisions.
Grief in America
A comprehensive, multi-ethnic perspective on the ways Americans deal with grief and loss in all their forms.
Help Me Die
Explores the controversial subject of euthanasia, through the stories of people who seek to end their pain through suicide, and others who choose hospice care.
How I Coped When Mommy Died
This inspiring video was created by 13-year-old Brett after losing his mother to breast cancer when he was ten. Original music, animated video, photographs and artwork illustrate the teenager's experiences, thoughts, and feelings, while he takes the viewer on a journey through several years of his life.
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.
Killed by Care
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of medical mistakes. This film looks at how to fix the healthcare system to cut deaths.
Life Support Decisions
Will help elders, and their families and caregivers, to understand their rights and options regarding life-support technologies and end-of-life care and decision making.
Live and Let Go
Faced with terminal cancer, 76-year-old Sam Niver chooses to die with dignity and on his own terms. This will be a moving and provocative trigger for discussions of assisted suicide.
Look For Me Here
The final days in the life of a woman with metastatic cancer, who has chosen to forego further treatment, and to face death with friends and hospice care at home.
Mademoiselle and the Doctor
Lisette Nigot seems an unlikely candidate for euthanasia. At 79, she is in good health, feels no pain, and does not seem depressed. But she says she sees no reason to continue living. And Dr. Philip Nitschke is willing to help her.
Making Every Moment Count
Addresses the complex issues surrounding palliative end-of-life care for children. Psychologist Leora Kuttner profiles five children with life threatening illness, and the families and health professionals who support them.
Montaņa de Luz
Meet the children of the Montaņa de Luz orphanage who are HIV positive and a living testament to the beauty and innocence of childhood in the face of adversity beyond their years. This documentary paints a stirring portrait of a loving community where nothing is truly certain but home, and where each birthday is a celebration of dreams fulfilled and dreams to come.
More than a Failing Heart
Family members describe examples of the best of end-of-life care, and of the worst, and reveal how competent and compassionate physicians and nurses can change the end-of-life experience.
Follows the stories of two extraordinary women, diagnosed with end stage cancer, who are facing death head on, determined to lead richer, more rewarding lives in the time that they have. Threaded through their narratives are the perspectives of hospice workers, funeral directors, bereavement counselors and others who deal with death on a daily basis.
Spanning nine years, Dr. Kasia Clark's story reveals how the human spirit can combine with medicine, complementary therapies, support, athletics, and art to challenge cancer.
Renowned dancer Homer Avila lost his right leg and most of his hip to cancer. Following the creation of a pas de deux choreographed by Alonzo King, Phoenix Dance takes us on a journey of transformation and healing, challenging our expectations of what it means to be "disabled."
Pitch of Grief
Explores the process of grieving through interviews with four bereaved men and women, young and old.
Precious Lives, Meaningful Choices
Among children with multiple special needs are some whose medical conditions will severely limit their potential lives. Their parents struggle to give them the best possible quality of life while knowing that the time they have is limited. The four families in this film embrace their children's lives with courage, love, and hope in the midst of uncertainty.
This powerful film explores the tragic aftermath of a young mans suicide, and its devastating impact on his entire family.
The Right to Decide
Informed by the Patient Self-Determination Act, these outstanding physician-patient interviews explore patients' hopes, fears, and goals regarding end-of-life care.
This unflinching portrait was filmed in Australia's Northern Territory, where Parliament was debating the world's first legislation guaranteeing terminally ill people the right to a physician-assisted death. It includes articulate testimony from physicians on both sides of this controversial issue, but its primary focus is on one courageous man's determination to confront death in his own way.
Homeless, poor, and HIV positive, Sheila lacks the social supports, including insurance, that might help her face terminal illness with some kind of dignity. Yet she struggles to "celebrate who I am: a loudmouth and a caretaker." One in a series of brief, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators.
Song of the Soul
An inside look at urban and rural hospice centers across South Africa that provide community-based compassionate care in the face of widespread poverty.
This disturbing case study raises complex issues about medical prognosis and religious belief in end-of-life decision-making. Part of the Caring at the End of Life series.
Explores the emotional relationship between medical students in anatomy courses and the cadavers which make it possible for them to learn about the human body. The film includes a discussion of body donation.
The Support Project
Documents an effort to improve end-of-life care in hospitals through encouraging better patient, family, and physician communication.
Seven people from a variety of cultural backgrounds speak openly about how they have been affected by the death of someone close to them, and about the ways they have found to survive their loss.
Those Who Stay Behind
Interviews with five recently bereaved people offer a guide to help others navigate the healthcare system, the medical decisions they must make, and their own grief process.
To Choose No Harm
Two healthcare teams must resolve conflicts between the wishes of dying patients and family members, and their own beliefs and clinical judgements. The cases are also discussed by the hospital ethics committee.
To Live Until I Die
Most Americans die in the hospital, often alone and in pain. These six terminally ill individuals are facing what lies ahead with anger, humor, insight, and honesty determined to have a "good death."
Toward Daylight (New Release)
Suicide is never the final word for those left behind. It alters lives forever and crosses all human boundaries. TOWARD DAYLIGHT kindles the hope necessary for the living to face, and then move on from, the pain and loss of suicide.
A breast cancer patient confronts difficult moral and spiritual issues as she comes to grips with the fact that her illness is terminal. One in a series of brief, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators.
Two Films On End-Of-Life Issues
Help Me Die explores the controversial subject of euthanasia, and the issues involved when terminally ill loved ones ask a physician or family member for help in dying (48 minutes.) A Fate Worse than Death? follows several families who must decide whether to withdraw artificial life support from a loved one in a coma or vegetative state (50 Minutes.)
The Vanishing Line
Chronicles one physician's exploration of how to try and meet the needs of the dying and their families.
A Video Essay on Teenage Grief
Ninety percent of children in the United States may experience the loss of a loved one by the time they are eighteen. In this two-part DVD, five young women meet to share their experiences of grief over the loss of their fathers from suicide, accident, a drug overdose, and cancer.
The Way Home
This moving documentary introduces a variety of elders who are trying to find the best possible living situation for themselves or for their loved ones during their "golden years."
The Way We Die
Intimately filmed interviews between caregivers and terminally ill patients encourage professionals to attend more closely to their patients' values, needs, and wishes.