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A Battle Over Life Support: In Re Michael Martin  45 minutes – This program investigates the question of whether seriously ill or injured patients should be kept alive or be allowed to die.   

A Celebration of Life: Rising Above Breast Cancer  58 minutes A candid, inspiring call to action through heartening stories of five-, ten-, even, twenty-year survivors.

A Child’s Grief  45 minutes – Children cope with loss in ways all their own, and in order to help them face their challenges, we need insight into their feelings.

A Child’s View of Grief   30 minutes  - Dr. Wolfelt explores several key principles of helping children cope with grief. In use by hundreds of hospices and funeral homes throughout North America.

A Conspiracy of Silence:  Helping the Patient and Family Live With Terminal Illness    20 minutes  -  This program examines the inability of terminally patients and their families to discuss their fears, worries, and strengths.  It explains that while this conspiracy of silence is meant to protect the patient, effective care necessitates knowledge about death and dying.

A Cry for Help: How to Help Someone Who is Depressed or Suicidal   22 minutes  - Teaches young people to recognize the warning signs and to take specific actions to help a friend.

A Death of One’s Own  90 minutes - Bill Moyers unravels the complexities underlying the many choices at the end of life, including the bitter debate over physician-assisted suicide.

A Decision Making Framework for Clinical Ethics  53 minutes – Differentiating between ethical dilemmas and moral distress, this program provides a framework for making clinical ethical decision and explores the framework through case studies.

A Different Kind of Care 90 minutes - Bill Moyers presents the important strides being made in the area of palliative care at pioneering institutions

A Family Undertaking  56 minutes - This documentary by Elizabeth Westrate explores the complex psychological, cultural, legal and financial issues surrounding an important and growing new trend: the home funeral movement.

A Fate Worse Than Death 50 minutes This engrossing documentary follows several families who must decide whether to withdraw artificial life support from a loved one in a coma or vegetative state.

A Journey Back: Coping with a Parent’s Suicide 24 minutes When a parent commits suicide, he or she leaves behind a wake of pain and guilt for children and spouse.

A Matter of Time: Coping with Patients Dying  20 minutes - In this film you will find out how nurses and volunteers in hospice deal with dying patients. Their stories of coping with dying patients are eloquent lessons for anyone in healthcare.

Advance Directives  33 minutes  - Emphasizing the difficulties associated with end-of-life care discussions with patients and families, this program explains the role of advance directives in ensuring that each patient is able to die as they wish. It outlines the key points of an advance directive and offers examples of directives by statutes.

Advance Directives and the Elderly: Making Decisions About Treatment Limitations 20 minutes - Three nursing home residents talk with their physicians about their wishes to limit treatment including artificial feeding, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and use of antibiotics.

Advance Directives: CPR in Nursing Homes  19 minutes -   A physician, a nursing home resident and the resident’s daughter discuss CPR. The physician responds to their emotional concerns as well as to their need for information.

Advance Medical Directives: Something to Think About   14 minutes - Advance Medical Directives are legal documents that allow you to give direction to your future medical care and help protect your right to accept or refuse medical care.

Affirmations for Living Beyond Cancer  30 minutes This video is a sensitive and creative blend of natural scenery, music and suggestions that gently guides you through a healing journey. It is an innovative multimedia approach that links the mind, the immune system and the achievement of wellness.

AIDS Work: Six Healthcare Workers Face the AIDS Crisis  23 minutes -  Two physicians and four nurses reflect on decades of  caring for patients with HIV/AIDS. They discuss facing fear, frustration, burnout and grief as they struggle to deliver compassionate care.

AIDS: The Heart of the Matter  31 minutes - This program profiles Clinton Eagle’s five-year battle with AIDS - from his HIV diagnosis to his memorial service. He candidly discusses his physical and emotional journey through the latter stages of his fight with AIDS.

Almost Home: Living with Suffering & Dying  30 minutes - Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA, speaks of her five year struggle since cancer diagnosis and gives insights into finding peace through faith and friends as well as the importance of choosing life. 

Alternative Medicine: An Overview 29 minutes - This program provides an overview of Chinese and Indian medicine, homeopathy, herbalism, naturopathy, osteopathy, massage, and chiropractic.

Angels Don’t Have Headlights  24 minutes  - This video shows how the child’s conception of death and the child’s grieving process differ  considerably with each developmental stage and presents a model for clinician-child-family interaction.

Angola Prison Hospice: Opening the Door  Explores the relationships of patients, administrators, security, hospice staff and family at a Louisiana State Penitentiary

Answered Prayers: Investigating the Healing Power of Prayer 25 minutes - Doctors and people outside the medical profession share their understanding of prayer as a complementary therapy, different approaches to using it and the difference between curing and healing.

At Death’s Door  35 minutes - This video resource for grief focuses on help for those facing the terminal illness of a loved one.

Before I Die: Medical Care and Personal Choices  60 minutes  -  This seminar brings together a diverse group of panelists who confront medical and cultural issues such as advanced directives, palliative care, physician-assisted suicide, the need to re-spiritualize the dying process, and the overall difficulty of discussing death.

Between Life and Death   51 minutes -  This program investigates life after death and provides astonishing testimony from those who claim to have had out-of-body experiences. Experts on both sides examine religious and scientific theories.

Beyond Diagnosis: Our Journeys with Breast Cancer   54 minutes - This sensitive and powerful documentary chronicles a year in the life of Barb and her husband, as they face her diagnosis with breast cancer, treatment, family, and life after treatment.

Beyond Life and Death  30 minutes  -  This program explores how beliefs about an afterlife affect the way people live their lives and approach death.  Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman and Rabbi David Wolpe discuss the concepts of heaven and reincarnation.

Bigger Than This Manhattan  15 minutes  - This sensitive film takes you into the lives of kids from ages 6–15 who have a parent with HIV/AIDS. The children share their feelings about how hard, frightening and lonely it can be.

BODY & SOUL SERIES (20-part)   Hear from the worlds foremost experts on alternative and complimentary medicine. Each program includes a mix of internationally known experts and individuals coping with major health issues providing timely, practical information on the physical and spiritual components of health.

Breast Cancer: Coping with Your Diagnosis   37 minutes -  This program reviews the various types and stages of breast cancer, the methods for diagnosing the disease, surgical treatment options, and how various patients and their partners can learn to cope with their emotions while wrestling with the reality of the diagnosis.

Breast Cancer: Recovering from Surgery 30 minutes -  The types of surgery available, from lumpectomy to modified radical mastectomy, are discussed in this program, along with ways to promote emotional and physical recovery, create a support system among family and friends, and get back to good health.

Breast Cancer: Understanding Adjuvant Therapy    31 minutes - The cancer treatment options of chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy are discussed in this program, along with how to choose a treatment or mixture of treatments with the help of a health care team.

Breast Cancer: Your Ongoing Recovery   31 minutes - Creating a healthy lifestyle after completion of surgery and adjuvant treatment can be the most difficult part of recovery. And it is the recovery stage itself that is often the most difficult for partners, putting relationships at risk. This program addresses these issues by explaining how patients can help partners, family, and friends adjust to the new lifestyle, and how patients and partners can cope with the ongoing emotional aspects of living with breast cancer.

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien    35 minutes - O’Brien, a journalist and poet, contracted polio in childhood and for more than forty years he has fought against illness, bureaucracy and society’s conflicting perceptions of disability, to lead an independent life.  

Cancer and Metastasis   37 minutes - This program studies the biological processes by which the body reproduces cancerous tumors, and the various steps of metastasis are clearly demonstrated in film and computer animation. 

Cancer: A Personal Journey. Notes From the Edge…...  49 minutes An intimate narrative of the last two years in the life of a 29-year-old physician diagnosed with cancer. It chronicles the only known physician’s self-record of a catastrophic illness through the private world of his Diary.

CANCER: INCREASING YOUR ODDS FOR SURVIVAL (4-part series) 240 minutes - A healing journey of virtually every topic important to surviving cancer with informative and inspiring interviews of cancer survivors and experts. This exceptional documentary is divided into four parts: Diagnosis & Empowerment, Treatments, Mind/Body Medicine, and Spirituality & Mortality.

Capturing a Short Life A documentary about families dealing with infant loss.  It portrays the emotional, medical, and ethical choices that parents are often faced with when told that their baby is incompatible with life.

CARING AT THE END OF LIFE SERIES 45 minutes - This moving film focuses on the key roles of nursing staff in patient care and communication. It profiles six severely ill patients; their stories offer no easy answers, but raise many of the key issues faced by patients and those who care for them.

Caring for Mo -  This educational video raises awareness about the battle with breast cancer from diagnosis to death.

Carved from the Heart  30 minutes - This powerful film explores questions of death and dying, family relationships and parenting, domestic violence, and the impact of war on veterans and their families and demonstrates the enormous power of mutual support, culture, and ceremony in enabling a community to face tragedy, provide support to its members, and find a path to community healing.

Detecting Cervical Cancer    24 minutes - This program describes the pap smear, explains dysplasia, discusses human papilloma viruses and their cancer link, explains the treatment for cervical cancer, and stresses the importance of regular gynecological exams.

Children Die, Too 26 minutes - Specialists in dealing with childhood terminal disease and death talk about how people can help each other after the death of a child and how surviving children can be helped to express grief.

Comfort Measures at the End of Life  20 minutes - Terminally ill patients who elect not to pursue curative treatment deserve the best possible care. Health care providers must know how to provide pain control and symptom management for physical comfort  and  to involve the family in supporting and implementing decisions.

Common Heroes: Choices in Hospice Care  30 minutes - Facing terminal illness can be terrifying, not only for patients, but also for family members who must choose how best to help and care for their loved one at the end of life.

Controlling Pain  23 minutes - This program describes the complex process of pain, which originates either from specialized receivers located on the skin or from the brain.

CONTROLLING PAIN SERIES (3-tape series) 20 minutes Reporting Symptoms of Pain - Dr. Wertheimer and nursing assistants assess several residents to demonstrate how to recognize and report symptoms of pain. 17 minutes - Assessing and Re-assessing Response to Pain Management With input from residents and nursing staff, Dr. Wertheimer guides viewers to both assess and re-assess responses to pain management. Both verbal and non-verbal residents are considered as well as residents with dementia. 19 minutes Non-pharmacologic Approaches to Pain Management Medication management is not always the answer to pain problems.  

Dax’s Case: Who Should Decide? 58 minutes This gripping documentary struggles with a profoundly troubling bioethical problem. Under what circumstances does a severely injured patient have the right to refuse treatment?

Dead Man Walking  122 minutes - Based on a true story of a nun in Louisiana who becomes the spiritual advisor to a death row inmate awaiting execution for the murder of two young adults.

Dealing with Death and Dying  45 minutes - A practical and insightful video that can help nurses care for dying patients and their families. It has three sections: Your Responsibility to your Patient, Your Responsibility to the Family, and Your Responsibility to Yourself.

Death 23 minutes - What is death, and why is it the ultimate destiny of every living organism? This program shows that death is an essential element in the survival of species.

Death: An Overview...  50 minutes - This step-by-step program takes the myth and mystery out of the process of dying and death itself, and presents both as biological and clinical realities.

Death and Dying 30 minutes - The experience of death and dying is complicated by cultural attitudes, age, severity of illness or injury, and legal and ethical concerns. This video examines how these issues affect the decision to prolong life through the continuation of medical support. 

Death on Request 57 minutes - This powerful film from the Netherlands presents the issues of euthanasia from the very human perspective of those involved, without venturing into social, political, or ethical polemics.

Deception  34 minutes  - In a case dramatized by healthcare professionals, a  physician and 00nurse disagree about whether or not to treat their elderly patient’s latent syphilis without telling her what she has. With the hospital Ethics Committee, they wrestle with the underlying ethical and legal issues.

Defining Life  26 minutes - What does one do when a terminally ill loved one asks for help in committing suicide?

Dementia Care Comfort - This program is designed to bring comfort, dignity and quality of life to persons with advanced dementia and provides excellent information on the progression of dementia, managing behaviors, medication management, health care decisions and using hospice care.

Depression in Older Adults: The Right to Feel    30 minutes - This video presents interviews with actual patients who have experienced or are experiencing depression in late life. Topics include prevalence, causes, treatment modalities, suicide risk, issues for long-term care, and public policy.

Detecting Discomfort in Dementia: Focus on Behaviors 13 minutes - The educational video and the accompanying booklet, “Tools for Inservice Education” provide the necessary information to help nursing assistants understand the role they play in practicing good care for cognitively impaired residents in pain.

Diagnosis: Cancer  28 minutes - This program focuses on the biological and environmental factors that lead to cancer, and the fact that individual types of cancer tend to be more prevalent among specific groups of people is one avenue of research that investigators examine in their attempt to isolate factors that play a role in cancer’s development.

Don’t Kill Yourself: One Survivor’s Message  23 minutes - This is the story of a young man, David, who, at 16 years of age, survived a suicide attempt. David goes on to describe the suicide attempt, his recovery from addiction, and how he has since changed his life.

Dreams & Dilemmas  58 minutes - This compelling documentary follows one couple and their premature twin sons over the course of six months in the neonatal intensive Care unit. Without narration or preaching, it allows viewers to experience and share in the dilemmas confronted by parents and by their nurses, physicians, social worker and hospital chaplain.

Dying  97 minutes - Dying is a personal, profound and poignant memoir of three terminally ill cancer patients and how they faced their deaths. It will sensitize health care professionals and counselors to the human factors that mitigate the anguish of both the patients and those who care for them.

Dying to Be Heard… Is Anybody Listening 25 minutes - This program offers specific advice on how to recognize teens in danger of committing suicide and successfully intervene. It talks to teens who have attempted suicide about their reasons for trying and about their lives after treatment

Dying With Dignity: The Sun City Choice  12 minutes - This program reports on the life and death in Sun City, AZ, a vibrant retirement community where hospice is the preferred form of end-of-life care. Dr. John Wennberg and others consider the desire of many senior citizens with terminal illnesses to make peace with death rather than fight it.

Encounters With Grief  13 minutes - A mother who lost her teenaged son, a woman widowed in her sixties, and a man whose wife died at 52 discuss the upheaval that followed and offer moving perspectives on recovery.

End of Life  35 minutes - This program examines nursing care at the end of life, addressing palliative care, spiritual and supportive aspects of care, advance care planning, and advance directives.

Endotes: A Model for Palliative Care  51 minutes - The Royal Victoria Hospital engages the entire staff in the complex task of meeting the physical as well as emotional needs of its patients. 

Ethical Issues thru Life  54 minutes - Three end of life stories: Tricia's Story: I'm Not Earth Anymore; Sheila's Story: A Song Outta Tune; and Clair's Story: Ethical Issues at the End of Life.

Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making  25 minutes - This video teaches principles for making ethical decisions and uses case examples to show how to apply these principles in nursing practice.

Ethics and Economics 30 minutes - Government agencies and professionals who deal with damage claims are literally trying to determine the dollars-and-cents worth of human life.

Evan Mayday's Good Death  32 minutes - A highly emotional, educational, life-affirming documentary of how one team and one family confronted these painful and difficult issues.

Facing Death  25 minutes - In this video, Gordon Lang confronts his own mortality when he is diagnosed with cancer. Gordon discusses his emotions, hopes and fears, as he contemplates his own life’s journey and its imminent conclusion.

Final Chapter  28 minutes - The hospice movement has provided valuable assistance for many dying persons and their families. Because the death of a loved one can have significant health consequences for family and friends, the support provided by familial and social networks plays an extremely important role in easing the pain of separation and loss.

First Do No Harm: Total Patient Care for Intersex  20 minutes - ‘Intersex’ describes conditions in which a person is born with mixed or ambiguous sexual anatomy. The traditional standard of care has called for ‘normal’ gender identify to be ‘assigned’ through genital plastic surgery in infancy or childhood.

Footprints on our Hearts  How to cope after a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death experience.

Full Circle  29 minutes - A documentary about a 50-year-old daughter who brings her terminally ill, 90-year-old mother into her home so that she can care for her in the last months of her life.

Giving Bad News: Insights for Medical Practitioners 30 minutes - The way a professional medical staff delivers test or examination results has a huge impact on how a patient or a patient’s family copes with them.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren  30 minutes - Many grandparents across the country, regardless of income, background or race, are picking up the responsibility of raising a grandchild or grandchildren who have lost their parents to death, drugs, or prison.

Grave Words: Tools for Discussing End of Life Choices  25 minutes - Talking with patients about end-of-life care decisions is a challenge for many physicians and health care providers.

Grief in America  55 minutes - This video takes comprehensive look at how our culture deals with loss in all its forms. Across the widest possible range of ages, ethnic and religious identifications, and types of loss, it explores how people cope with death and bereavement. 

Grown-Up Tears: Adults Grieving the Death of a Parent  28 minutes - Through the eyes and experiences of seven individuals and three professionals, Grown-Up Tears explores how adults feel about—and cope with—the loss of a parent.

Harbor of Hope  37 minutes - This video enriches the spirit, gives a new infusion of energy and gets people thinking about what the difference is between “being healed and being cured.”

Harriett’s People  22 minutes - Meet nurses, nursing assistants and a physician who team together to provide the best possible care to residents in a nursing home during the final months and days.

Healing and the Mind  330 minutes - In a five part series Bill Moyers talks with physicians, scientists, therapists, and patients to discuss perplexing questions like: How do emotions translate into chemicals in our bodies? How do thoughts and feelings influence health?

Healing Arts This film uses the arts in an innovative treatment approach for people living with chronic, disabling physical and emotional challenges.

Help Me Die  49 minutes - Exploring the bitterly controversial subject of euthanasia, Help Me Die probes the ethical issues involved when loved ones, who are terminally ill, ask a physician or family member for assistance in ending their life.

Herbal Remedies: A Matter of Safety  16 minutes - Herbal medicine has grown into a multimillion-dollar industry, as more and more customers demand natural products.

How I Coped When Mommy Died   26 minutes - This inspiring video was created by 13 year old Brett Hardy Blake, after losing his mother to breast cancer when he was 10 with mature insight and engaging humor.

In Our Midst   56 minutes - Thousands of premature newborns are saved by neonatal intensive care. But what is life like for the children, who often leave the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with multiple medical problems and developmental challenges?  

In the Gloaming 67 minutes - HBO film Directed by Christopher Reeves, Starring Glen Close, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg. A story of a young man diagnosed with AIDS who has come home to die.

IPPC (The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care) Video Series This video offers rich, evocative portrayals of children, families, and profession caregivers in a range of palliative contexts.

In Your Hands: The Tools for Preserving Personal Autonomy  19 minutes - Narrated by Helen Hayes, this video shows how to use four legal tools to preserve personal autonomy: durable powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, living wills, and trusts.

Inner Views of Grief   30 minutes - In this compelling video, five young adults from ages 14 to 26 discuss their reactions to the sudden, sometimes violent death of a parent, sibling or friend.

Last Spring: Stories of Hospice 46 minutes - This program features case studies of people who have decided to take the hospice approach to their final weeks of life, in order to take control of the dying process and to gain a peaceful sense of closure.

Laughing Matters  25 minutes - Designed to help you see the humor in life while you learn important points about managing stress and putting unpleasant events in their proper perspective.

Letting Go: A Hospice Journey  90 minutes - This program shows how hospice care helps ill patients and their families cope with fear and pain in the final stages of their lives, and prepares loved ones for their imminent loss.

Leukemia 19 minutes - This program explains how Leukemia spreads through the body, distinguishes between acute and chronic leukemia and covers the history of leukemia treatments.

Life Support Decisions  50 minutes - This important video will help elders, their families, and the professionals who work with them to understand their rights and options regarding life-support technologies and end-of-life care and decision making.

Lion in the House (complete professional series)   520 minutes -This award winning series for  offers intimate, in-depth teaching modules on issues regarding childhood cancer.

Lion in the House (Home DVD set) 282 minutes - This groundbreaking documentary tells the intimate stories of five families facing childhood cancer and gave birth to public outreach and awareness campaigns which continue to have national and international impact.

Live and Let Go – An American Death  56 minutes  - This program discusses assisted suicide and the right to choose death with dignity. The scene in which Sam takes his life, using sedative drugs, is quite peaceful but may be difficult for some viewers to watch.

Little Miss Sunshine   101 minutes - A movie about Olive Hoover, a seven year old girl, who has one goal; to win a beauty pageant.  Scene 13, entitled A Long Life, illustrates the dynamics of the family and hospital staff in the emergency room.

Living and Laughing with Cancer:  A Comedian's Journey  40 minutes - Outfitted with only radical surgery and his keen sense of humor, internationally known comedian Dave Fitzgerald not only survived cancer, he endured his ordeal with a big smile!

Living Fully Until Death 29 minutes - This program offers the inspirational tales of three people who find new meaning in life and the courage to deal with the challenge of living fully after learning they have a terminal illness.

Living with AIDS  28 minutes - This program profiles people with the HIV virus over the course of two years and examines the issues they face - issues of medication, handling emotions, dealing with family members, paying for medical care, and dealing with guilt.

Living With Cancer  28 minutes - Surviving the physical ravages of cancer, however, is only part of the battle. Cancer exacts a psychological, social, and spiritual toll as well.

Living with Dying 90 minutes - Bill Moyers, patients and medical professionals examine the end of life with honesty, courage, and even humor, demonstrating that dying can be an incredibly rich experience for both the terminally ill and their loved ones.

Living and Dying 30 minutes - This program focuses on the stages of adjustment to death as proposed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  It discusses the benefits of having a will or advanced directive and looks at how culture and religion profoundly influences how people cope.

Look for Me Here: 299 Days in the Life of Nora Lenihan 58 minutes - When she learned that her breast cancer had recurred and metastasized, Nora, a 40-year-old social worker, chose to forego radical treatment, and to face death with hospice care at home.

Losing Your Best Friend: Coping with the Death of a Pet  30 minutes - In this remarkable program, you will meet several people just like you who are coping with the loss of a pet they love. You'll also hear special insight and advice from grief experts.

Loss of a Daughter  24 minutes - Heather’s teenage daughter was murdered and the case remains unsolved. Heather must cope not only with the loss of her daughter, but with the knowledge that the killer is still at large and that she has been denied the consolation of justice.

Loss of a Son  24 minutes - The loss of a child is always difficult to accept, but when your child commits suicide, the grief can become compounded by guilt.

Loss of a Spouse  24 minutes - When Joan was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Don and Joan prepared for her death together. Although Don still feels the absence of Joan and mourns for her, he finds consolation in continuing his life and raising their son.

Loss of a Family  25 minutes - Terry lost his family through divorce and when his ex-wife suddenly died, because of the distance from his children, he was excluded from their grieving process, family support and the depression that can result from isolation.

Lung Cancer  19 minutes -  This program explains the causes of lung cancer, presenting statistical and epidemiological evidence linking smoking to lung cancer and discussing other suspected causes, including asbestos, radon, and other environmental factors.

Making Every Moment Count  39 minutes - The film focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of pediatric palliative care. It features deeply caring physicians, nurses, therapists and others working with families whose children range from newborns to teenagers.

Managing Care, Managing Death  29 minutes - This program discusses legislative initiatives designed to protect patients from "disguised euthanasia"—and addresses the volatile question of whether such laws are a threat to the professional judgment of doctors.

Managing Pain  18 minutes - Pain is the constant companion of many people—aches and pains, gnawing pain, agonizing and chronic pain, headaches, back aches, and pain traceable to an injury or to something gone awry in the central nervous system.

Marge and Walter 30 minutes - Marge Lewandowski cares for her husband during the last year of his life as he is dying of cancer. This program provides a very inside view of the emotional stress during this time period and is also excellent for hospice training.

May Sarton: Old Age is a Foreign Country  20 minutes - Author and poet May Sarton’s final interview about her life and her impending mortality. It shows a vibrant person reflecting on her work, her life, her loves and her present adversity after suffering three strokes.

The Dangers of Melanoma   29 minutes - This program promotes sun exposure precautions and self-examinations as ways to lower risk  of melanoma, describes medical practices once melanoma is diagnosed, and investigates the ongoing research.

Minimizing Legal Liability  25 minutes - In this video the rules of liability, the regulation of nursing, and the prevention of malpractice claims are discussed.

More than a Failing Heart: Parents and Families Talk about End of Life Care   25 minutes - The articulate people in this program describe examples both of the best of end-of-life care, and the worst – and of how truly competent and compassionate physicians and nurses can change the character of the end-of-life experience.

Mortal Coil: Voices From The Hospice   60 minutes - In a series of compelling monologues, Lester Thomas Shane presents a single night on a hospice unit, portraying thirteen characters: patients, caregivers and staff, each facing the challenges of life in the midst of imminent death.

Murder: Those Left Behind  18 minutes - When a family member has been tragically murdered, the survivors not only face the shock of losing a loved one unexpectedly, but face the cruel fact that the death was caused by another human being.

My Girl  102 minutes - A movie about a boy with a terminal illness becomes the object of affection for a little girl, estranged from her widowed father. The little girl is unusually sophisticated in her understanding of her character and situation.

My Life   117 minutes - Michael Keaton plays an advertising executive who learns he is dying even as his wife (Nicole Kidman) is pregnant. The film beautifully focuses on his anger over everything: the unfinished business of his life and the probability he'll never meet his child.

Not My Home  45 minutes - A compelling look at life inside a nursing home.  Nurses and aides discuss the demands of caring for residents in the fate of tight schedules and minimal staffing.  Residents discuss the depersonalization of institutional living and their family members reveal the guilt they feel at not being able to provide the care their relative needs.

Nurses and Spiritual Care   23 minutes - The rationale and principles of nursing involvement in spiritual care including specific spiritual interventions and the partnership between nursing and pastoral care workers.

On Life & Living: The Hospice Experience   18 minutes - An insightful, comforting look at hospice care in this compelling video, viewers are introduced to the significant roles hospice professionals play in the lives of men and women facing their own mortality.

On Our Own Terms: Bill Moyers on Dying in America  (4 video series)   Each program describes the intimate experiences of patients, families, and caregivers as they struggle to infuse life’s ultimate rite of passage with compassion and comfort.

On Wings of Song – Music Therapy at the End of Life  43 minutes - On Wings of Song shows how a skilled music therapist may help a diverse group of patients find spiritual and emotional nourishment during their last days.

Once Upon a Loss: A New Look at Cinderella  49 minutes - This compelling documentary is about loss, despair, and remembering. It interweaves three themes. First, stories of four remarkable women who lost their mothers when they were young.

One Brief Life: The Baby L Case  40 minutes - Interviews with Baby L’s parents, the attending physician, legal counsel, and others trace the course of the battle between the parents and the hospital to assert their rights to do what they each believed was morally correct.

One True Thing  127 minutes - A mother-daughter and father-daughter story.  While home for a birthday party for her nearly famous writer father (William Hurt), she learns that her mother (Meryl Streep) has been diagnosed with cancer.

Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign  20 minutes - In an interactive discussion with nursing assistants, Dr. Wertheimer hears that recognizing pain isn’t always obvious, particularly with patients who are non-verbal or suffering from dementia.

Pain: The Resident’s Perspective  20 minutes - Staff may quantify pain on numerical scales, but residents have much more to say about pain than just a number. “Sometimes it is so bad, I hear myself shouting out”, says one resident.

Pain Management & Coping  30 minutes- Some 86 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. There is no good reason, regardless of age or illness, why people today should live and suffer with pain.

Palliative Care: Care for Terminally Ill Patients  30 minutes - Palliative care is a philosophy of care for terminally ill patients, which assures the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual comfort of the dying patient and their family and helps them deal with death and dying.

Parkinson’s Disease  19 minutes - This program examines the pharmaceutical and surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease, profiling a 61-year-old author and educator who has struggled for a quarter of a century to control his symptoms.

Peege  28 minutes - This touching, poignant film portrays a family’s Christmas visit to their grandmother, a patient in a nursing home, and their sense of despair and isolation as they struggle vainly to communicate.

Pharmacology 23 minutes - Modern medicine owes much of its success to drugs. This program explains that these substances are usually “copies” of natural substances produced by our own bodies.

Portraits of Grief   24 minutes - This program is a collection of deeply personal interviews and relates them to the different stages of the grieving process: disbelief, sadness, loneliness, depression, fear, anger, guilt, and exhaustion.

Professional Choices: Ethics at Work   40 minutes - Social workers, educators and administrators speak candidly about ethical issues that can arise for social workers and clients.

Prostate Cancer  29 minutes - This program from The Doctor Is In examines the importance of patient involvement in decisions concerning prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer: Your Treatment Options  28 minutes - This program provides information about prostate cancer, how it is diagnosed, treated, what patients can expect and how men and their families can get information and comfort from a prostate support group.

Quality of Life, Indicators of Quality  20 minutes - Through a series of vignettes on pain, physical functioning, pressure sores, nutrition, and restraint reduction, the responsibilities of the Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) are illustrated.

Rachel’s Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer  107 minutes - This documentary follows breast cancer survivor activists who are on a mission to unearth the causes of breast cancer and detailed analysis of the science and politics of this epidemic.

Ready or Not: Exploring End-of-life Issues  35 minutes - This film will help medical and nursing students as well as health care professionals understand how to relate to those that are dying with compassion, empathy and understanding.

Religion and Euthanasia  29 minutes - Euthanasia is examined in this program through the eyes of several medical and religious experts. The program represents a starting point for discussions about what role religion and morality should play in the euthanasia debate.

Remembering Tom..  24 minutes - This film explores the tragic aftermath of a young man’s suicide. All the members of this close-knit family speak of their shock, loss, and guilt, but they also convey the ways they have learned to live with – not “get over” – Tom’s suicide.

Rising to the Challenge: Life After Diagnosis   15 minutes - We hear from youngsters ages 10 and up at a retreat and see how camaraderie and support blossoms between the children living with the disease, their family, and friends.

Rose and Zelda  20 minutes - Every day Zelda comes to visit her mother Rose who has just moved into a nursing home. In a series of interviews, Rose and Zelda express their acceptance of dying as a natural end to life.

Rough Times  36 minutes -This program, a staged musical drama intercut with professional commentary, illustrates normal emotional reactions to bereavement and looks at the roles of friends, relatives, and professionals.

Saying Good-Bye  26 minutes - This program talks to people to find out how they dealt with their grief: a support group for widows, a woman whose parents died within a year of each other, and a woman whose husband died of cancer.

Self-Deliverance  27 minutes - Australian John Grisham believes in God, and in the dignity of human life, but he also believes that helping people end their lives may sometimes be more compassionate than using machines and drugs to prolong a life already at its end.

September 12: Life After Tragedy  35 minutes - This film by Sept. 11 Family Member and Advocate, Anthony Gardner, and is an intimate chronicle of loss, family and life after tragedy. Powerful and heartfelt, this video will help those who are bereaved.

Shadowlands  131 minutes - This emotionally moving romantic drama based upon the real-life romance between the British writer C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham.  When Joy is diagnosed with cancer, Lewis's Christian faith is put to the test and together, they find a way to accept and honor the time they have shared together.

Silent Epidemic: Teen Suicide  30 minutes - Teens who have attempted suicide tell their stories. It includes an audience segment in which teens and suicide experts discuss warning signs, causes, and prevention of teen suicide.

Some Babies Die  55 minutes - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross narrates this powerfully moving documentary focusing on a family coping with the death of a newborn. They are encouraged to create memories of the child and work through and resolve their grief over its death.

Spiritual Assessment  30 minutes – This video teaches how to apply the components of spiritual assessment in healthcare settings, identify signs of spiritual distress, and recognize the influence of spirituality on health and wellness.

Spiritual Care and Life Threatening Illness  22 minutes – This program illustrates how life-threatening illness can impact a person’s spirituality.  It explores spiritual needs and identifies spiritual resources that can be used to deal with such illnesses.

Spirituality in Palliative Care  21 minutes – This program illustrates how death and dying impact patient’s and their family members’ spirituality.  It identifies key spiritual issues, needs, and resources.

Steel Magnolias  117 minutes - A story of a close-knit circle of friends who support M'Lynn when her daughter dies. It illustrates the many phases of grief: e.g., denial, anger, and bargaining.

Still Life: The Humanity of Anatomy  27 minutes - Gross Anatomy students share the fear, guilt, gratitude and awe they feel during their dissection experience. This will be provocating viewing for students in medicine, nursing, psychology, philosophy and religion.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  49 minutes - This silent killer claims 1 of 500 infants in the US each year.  In this program we hear from parents who have lost infants to SIDS, and from doctors and researchers working to understand and defeat it.

Suicide: A Guide for Prevention  30 minutes - Using dramatized scenarios and commentary by healthcare professionals, this program replaces myths with facts about suicide: who is at risk, how warning signs are displayed, what some of the triggers are, and how to intervene.

Suicide: The Teenager’s Perspective  26 minutes - This program deals with peer groups, one promising solution to the increasing number of teen suicides. Teenagers are accustomed to going to their friends with their problems; in this case, the friends have been trained to recognize the signs of impending suicide.

Sunlight and Skin Cancer  20 minutes - This program makes crystal clear the fact that getting a tan means skin damage and that some of that damage will promote skin cancer. The program looks at the various types of skin cancer, some deadlier than others.

Surviving  28 minutes - Caregivers share wise advice on how to cope with emotional, mental, and physical strains.

Surviving Death: Stories of Grief  47 minutes - The process of making a loss real can be a lonely and confusing experience. In this video, people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, talk frankly about how they have been affected by the death of someone close to them.

Terminal Illness: When It Happens to You  50 minutes -This program profiles a terminally-ill patient, his courageous battle against cancer, and the emotional toll his illness takes on his family.

Terms of Endearment  132 minutes - Starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger. This movie is about a combative mother and daughter relationship where the daughter develops a terminal illness.

The Caregivers’ Journey  (5 Part Series)  150 Minutes  - Dr. Geila Bar-David, a gerontologist and caregiving specialist guidess you through this provocative and informative series. Included are the emotional, physical, and psychological steps taken during a caregiver's experience.

The Caring Helper  -  A six part video training program with workbook designed for volunteer and professional caregivers working with people who face life-threatening illness, grief, and loss.

The Chinese Hospice  46 minutes - The Chinese Hospice shows us how the end of life is viewed in another cultures. Care and respect permeate the atmosphere. Each of the elderly patients embodies the history of his/her generation.

The Doctor Is In: Children Die, Too  28 minutes - No one is ever prepared for a child’s death, but there are ways to live through this very sad experience. This show introduces you to some people who have felt this kind of pain, and who can offer some suggestions for going through the process.

The Ethics of Dying  28 minutes – Advance Directives ensure that a person’s end-of-life wishes are honored.  This video focuses on common questions asked by providers regarding applications of advance directives and changes to living wills.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf    16 minutes - Leo Buscaglia’s story about the cycle of life and death is given visual expression in this shot film. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a gentle, beautifully told natural metaphor blending childhood and adult perceptions of life.

The Final Chapter    28 minutes - Certainly the age of the dying person, the extent of the illness or injury, as well as the legal and ethical ramifications are factors considered in prolonging life and continuing medical support. Excellent for those involved in end of life care.

The Forgotten Tenth    14 minutes - This film serves as an introduction to the issues regarding HIV/AIDS that pertain to adults over 50.

The Grieving Process   27 minutes - This video describes the stages of the Kubler-Ross grieving process  (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) and considers the roles of the caregiver in the grieving process.

The Healers of 400 Parnassus   58 minutes - An exploration of health care at its best, this is an unflinching look at physicians, nurses and social workers who confront the daily tragedies and triumphs of dealing with seriously ill patients.

The Journey Home: Stories from Hospice  60 minutes - The Journey Home weaves together the striking personal narratives of the patients and their families with intimate, in-depth footage of their interactions with sensitive, caring hospice teams including physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains.

The Pitch of Grief  30 minutes - This gentle video explores the process of grieving through interviews with four bereaved men and women, young and old. Helpful for all of us who will someday face the loss of a loved one.

The Power of Belief: Its Impact on Our Minds  46 minutes - Belief is at the heart of the world’s great religions as well as the sustaining power behind the paranormal, supernatural, and occult events. How can belief be explained, and from what deep well within the human psyche does it spring?

The Right to Decide   43 minutes - This video features a series of outstanding interviews in which physicians explore their patients’ hopes, fears, and goals regarding end-of-life care and the use of life-supporting therapies. They offer health care professionals an invaluable model for discussions about Advance Directives.

The Shootist   98 minutes - Starring John Wayne, James Steward, and Lauren Bacall. This movie is about an aging gunfighter with a dubious reputation, a cynical attitude, and a terminal illness who must make choices and take responsibility for his decisions.

The Support Project: To Improve Care at the End of Life   15 minutes  - This short video is intended as an introduction to the SUPPORT Study and to its goals and findings. It touches on the complexity of the types of cases seen in the study, and offers an intriguing focus for debates on end-of-life decision making in health care.

The Way We Die: Listening to the Terminally  25 minutes - Through interactions between medical personnel and their terminally ill patients health professionals  work with their patients to devise treatment plans in accordance with their needs and values.

There Was a Child
  32 minutes -This video demonstrates the impact that losing a pregnancy, or the birth of a stillborn child. Parents reflect on the grief process, the effect of the death on their family, and on the hurtful comments of friends and health care workers.

Those Who Stay Behind: When A Family Member is Dying  31 minutes - This video can be used effectively with family members, bereavement groups, church and community groups exploring end-of-life issues, and hospice and hospital staff and volunteers, and nursing and medical students.  A Family Handbook is included with the video.

Till Death Do Us Part  15 minutes -The transition from wife to widow is a difficult one. This video explores the challenges that women in their eighties face when their husbands die. An independent living community where residents are able to live independently while feeling safe and secure is examined.

Tired of Living, Feared of Dying  54 minutes - This remarkable film follows seven people who have registered a request for euthanasia when they judge the time to be right.

To Choose No Harm: Ethical Decision-Making at the End of Life  45 minutes - Caring for dying patients can present the most ethically challenging problems healthcare workers ever face. In this powerful documentary, we are present at meetings in which tow different teams must resolve conflicts between the wishes of their patients and the own beliefs and clinical judgments.

To Live Until I Die  58 minutes - This film offers a moving and informative introduction to hospice and palliative care, and will be an important resource for healthcare workers, hospice volunteers, patients and their families, and the general public.

Toward a Better Death  27 minutes - This informative program explores the choices open to terminally ill patients and their families, and the options available for comfortable end-of-life care that attends to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Understanding Grief  24 minutes - This video introduces grief and the many forms that grief takes: anger, fear, disbelief, loneliness, depression, fear, powerlessness, guilt, and exhaustion.

Understanding Life Plans  20 minutes - This film discusses the very difficult decisions faced by older individuals and their families. Health care providers must understand these end-of-life options so that they can provide appropriate care and responsive support.

What Do I Tell My Children?  30 minutes - This classic is internationally recognized as the most outstanding video available for families and professionals who are dealing with children and grief issues. In this inspiring video, children and parents share their stories and feelings about the loss of a loved one.

What Matters to Families  3 part video series - The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) series offers rich, evocative portrayals of children, families, and professional caregivers in a range of palliative care contexts.

When a Child is Dying  56 minutes - This video tells the stories of four diverse families who lost a child…in their own voices…from their own perspective. The accompanying Supportive Care Handbook includes a discussion guide, specific ways to help, and other resources.

Who Owns My Life?  47 minutes - This moving documentary about Sue Rodriguez, an ALS patient, determined to allowed her personal pain to become public and has generated widespread public debate over the bioethical issue of doctor-assisted suicide, illegal in North America.

Who Plays God? Medicine, Money, and Ethics in American Health Care  2 hours - This program explores a variety of life and death situations to illustrate the spectrum of highly controversial, ethical decisions made on a daily basis in modern American medicine.

Wide Time: An HIV Odyssey  56 minutes - A diverse group of subjects and experts reveal the hope and challenges offered by treatment regimens; the key strategies that long-term AIDS survivors and cancer survivors share; and long-term survivors’ secrets for making life not only long – but wide.

WIT  99 minutes -  HBO video based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play about an English Professor who has been diagnosed with cancer. It follows her life from diagnosis through treatment and offers the patient perspective.

WITH OPEN EYES: Coping with Death  (4-part series) 104 minutes - This series invites viewers to look at death with their eyes open to the end, so that they may more fully live in the natural light of the inevitability of dying and explores how beliefs about an afterlife affect the way people live their lives and approach death.

Worlds Apart: A Four-Part Series on Cross-Cultural Healthcare  47 minutes - These films follow patients and families faced with critical medical decisions, as they navigate their way through the health care system and provides a penetrating look at both the patients’ cultures and the culture of medicine.

You’re Not Alone: Coping with the Death of a Spouse  38 minutes - This moving video focuses on the early grieving process for those ages 30 to 55. Viewers come to understand the immediate feelings of shock, grief, anger, and numbness, as well as the ongoing fear of being alone.

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