A Celebration of
Rising Above Breast Cancer
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
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
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
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
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
- Bill Moyers presents the important strides being
made in the area of palliative care at pioneering institutions
A Family Undertaking
This documentary by Elizabeth
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
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.
33 minutes -
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
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
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
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
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.
29 minutes - This program provides an overview of Chinese and Indian
medicine, homeopathy, herbalism, naturopathy, osteopathy, massage, and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 -
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
- 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
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.
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)
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
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
minutes - What does one do when a terminally ill loved one asks for help in
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
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
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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
This program examines nursing care at the end of life, addressing palliative
care, spiritual and supportive aspects of care, advance care planning, and
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
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
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
Evan Mayday's Good Death
highly emotional, educational, life-affirming documentary of how one team
and one family confronted these painful and difficult issues.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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?
This film uses the arts in an
innovative treatment approach for people living with chronic, disabling
physical and emotional challenges.
Help Me Die
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
minutes - Surviving the physical ravages of cancer, however, is only part of
the battle. Cancer exacts a psychological, social, and spiritual toll as
Living with Dying
- 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
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
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.
19 minutes -
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
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.
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
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
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
Mortal Coil: Voices From The Hospice
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
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.
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.
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
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
Nurses and Spiritual Care
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
minutes - Social workers, educators and administrators speak candidly about
ethical issues that can arise for social workers and clients.
29 minutes -
This program from The Doctor Is In examines the
importance of patient involvement in decisions concerning 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
– This program
illustrates how death and dying impact patient’s and their family members’
spirituality. It identifies key spiritual issues, needs, and
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
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
their friends with their problems; in this case, the friends have been
trained to recognize the signs of impending suicide.
Sunlight and Skin Cancer
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
28 minutes - Caregivers share wise advice on how to cope with emotional,
mental, and physical strains.
Surviving Death: Stories of Grief
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
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
minutes - Starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger. This movie is about a combative
mother and daughter relationship where the daughter develops a terminal
The Caregivers’ Journey
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 -
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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
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
Worlds Apart: A Four-Part Series on Cross-Cultural Healthcare
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