Video and radio programs about end of life subjects

If you are attracted to the materials on this page you will likely find the materials in our site and our book very useful and beneficial:
“Heartfelt Memorial Services: Your Guide for Planning Meaningful Funerals, Celebrations of Life and Times of Remembrance”

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“Being Mortal – award winning NPR Frontline documentary based on the book “Being Mortal” by Dr. Atul Gawande
http://www.pbs.org/video/2365422384/     54 minutes
Documentary reviews: 
pallimed.org/2015/02/review-of-pbs-frontline-being-mortal.html
nextavenue.org/being-mortal-pbs-documentary-takes-lifes-end

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Panel  discussion on how hospice, bereavement, clergy and funeral service professionals can come together to serve families in end of life situations.
youtube.com/watch?v=076j312YnDo
1 hour and 45  minutes
Dr. Alan Wolfelt  – Grief specialist
Dr.  Tom Long,   – Clergy
Thomas Lynch – Funeral  Director
Dr. Bob Friedman  Medical officer at  Hospice Austin  Texas

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Griefwalker  a documentary film by Tim Wilson
This documentary introduces us to Stephen Jenkinson, once the leader of a palliative care counselling team at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his daytime job, he has been at the deathbed of well over 1,000 people. What he sees over and over, he says, is “a wretched anxiety and an existential terror” even when there is no pain. Indicting the practice of palliative care itself, he has made it his life’s mission to change the way we die – to turn the act of dying from denial and resistance into an essential part of life. nfb.ca/film/griefwalker

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A Good Goodbye – TedX video – Oct 16, 2015
Don’t plan to die? Bad news – humans have a 100% mortality rate. Yet only 30% of us make end-of-life plans: wills or trusts, advance medical directives and pre-need funeral planning. That leaves 70% of us unprepared and devastated, not if but when a death occurs. Listen to Gail Rubin on why we avoid the topic of death and what we can do to improve end-of-life planning rates so everyone can have a good goodbye.

Gail Rubin is a pioneering Certified Thanatologist – a death educator who uses humor and funny films to help teach about serious subjects. She was one of the first people to hold a Death Café in the United States. Known as The Doyenne of Death, she’s the author of A GOOD GOODBYE: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Gail’s motto is: Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, and talking about funerals won’t make you dead.
http://agoodgoodbye.com/tools-of-the-trade/tedxabq-talk-video-on-end-of-life-planning/

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What really matters at the end of life?
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project, in San Francisco who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

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NPR Radio Lab segment The Bitter End. We turn to doctors to save our lives — to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves. Learn why here.


 

4 CNN segments on creative memorial services and funerals


Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life
ted.com/talks/judy_macdonald_johnston_prepare_for_a_good_end_of_life.html

Dr. Peter Saul: Let’s talk about dying
ted.com/talks/peter_saul_let_s_talk_about_dying.html

Dr. Lani Leary – Dr. Lani Leary is an expert and insightful adviser in how to be with and supportive to someone who is dying.
See her Ted Talk presentation and interview. They are a summery of her book  No One Has to Die Alone –
Preparing for a Meaningful DeathLani has over 25 years of experience working with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients. She served as the director of mental health services at Whitman Walker AIDS clinic, as a professor of Death Studies at George Mason University, and as a researcher at the National Cancer Institute of NIH. Lani also garners wisdom from her personal experience—her mother’s death when she was a child, her father’s death from cancer, her own profound near-death experience—and has sat with over 500 people as they died. Lani’s book – No One Has To Die Alone – was published in 2012.
DrLaniLeary.comTed x presentation
drlanileary.com/2011/11/28/lanis-talk-at-tedxhonolulu/


 

Dr. Lani Leary is interviewed for an hour by Bob Olsen on his After life web radio program.


Say Their Name Video –  The Compassionate Friends is a charitable organization of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support those who have suffered the death of a child/children. This film shares the feelings and experiences of parents and siblings grief to help others feel ‘normal’ in their grief. The film also highlights the services offered by the charity to support the bereaved.



Web Radio Show –  Grief Talk with Audrey Pellicano RN – Grief Recovery Specialist  and author of WiseWoman.com
Interview with Dr. Monica Murphy-Williams and husband/co-author of It’s OK to Die (also see listing in book section)
Stories and advice about discussing and specifying end of life decisions discussing what is a good death for you and saying goodbye in meaningful ways.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/grieftalkwithaudreypellicano/2013/09/03/its-your-funeral

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My Last Days is a series of inspiring profile videos about families with a member who’s life is shortened by illness.
Each of the 10 in the series shows how the families are inspired by the positive outlook of the terminal loved one. Search Youtube for My Last Days  Soul pancake. Soul pancake is the production company. Here is one of the most inspiring ones.



 

Public Broadcasting program Frontline.  2007 documentary  The Undertaking
It’s an inside view of Lynch and Sons Funeral Home and the lives of a family that serves their community in unexpected ways.

Owner Thomas “Tom” “Lynch is also a noted introspective and reflective poet and author of several award winning books.
He has co-authored the 2013 book “The Good Funeral – Death, Grief and the Community of Care, with Dr. Thomas Long
ThomasLynch.com    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/undertaking   http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/undertaking/view/  

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 Growth of Natural Burial in the UK
Anthropologist: specialist in death ritual studies Hannah Rumble audio interview
religionandsociety.org.uk/publications/podcasts/show/burial_study_breaks_new_ground

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Interview with Gail Rubin, author of A Good Goodbye – The Book for Those Who Don’t Plan To Die
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/grieftalkwithaudreypellicano/2013/11/19/a-good-goodbye

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Interview with Dave Kampfschulte author of  I’m Dying to Talk with You: Twenty-five years of conversations on end of life decisions

http://michiganradio.org/post/everyone-dies-so-lets-talk-about-it

I’m Dying to Talk with You is a look into the conversations and interactions that Dave has experienced in his 25 years as a hospice volunteer.  In its pages, you will encounter unexpected insights on a subject that is usually avoided at all costs and a glimpse into the grace and courage that is demonstrated by hospice patients as they approach the end of their lives. Written with a mixture of humor and tears, this book is an invaluable resource and is destined to be pulled from the shelves time and time again as your loved ones reach this defining moment in life.AmazingCircles.net

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The Last Chapter – End of Life Decisions – West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Individuals battling end-stage disease reflect on how they want to live their final weeks in The Last Chapter: End of Life Decisions. The one-hour program examines end-of-life care options and the need for advance directives including a living will, a medical power of attorney, and a POST form (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment). The Last Chapter focuses on empowering individuals in having the last word on how they live at the end of their lives.
youtube.com/watch?v=8jKUZ8lS9b4

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Brian Williams and Harry Smith profile a family having “The Conversation” at the Gundersen Medical Center in Wisconsin
GMC is leader in Medical Directive Implementation and  professional training around understanding prenatal and child death grief and family dynamics.http://www.nbcnews.com/video/rock-center/50112401#50112401

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Krista Tippett, in her NPR program On Being, interviews Dr. Ira Byock
What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and hospice in the United States. He says we lose sight of “the remarkable value” of the time of life we call dying if we forget that it’s always a personal and human event, and not just a medical one. From his place on this medical frontier, he shares how we can understand dying as a time of learning, repair, and completion of our lives.



 

Krista Tippett, in her NPR program On Being, interviews Joan Halifax — A Midwife to the Dying
The Terri Schiavo case raised ethical and medical issues that remain with us today. But missing in that debate was a real attention to the quality and the meaning of death. Joan Halifax tells us what she’s learned and how she lives differently after three decades accompanying others to the final boundary of human life.



Below is an 85 minute conference panel discussion with several ER and ICU staff, on end of life issues.
Discussion is about how they would treat the patients and advice the families in various situations.
This is valuable information and insight on decisions that we will be faced with our loved ones or they will be faced with us.
Use it to have a more informed family conversation.
This 2014 conference is in Australia and has universal applications and implications.



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A series of 3 BBC programs about the funeral industry and funerals of many faiths in the UK  One hour each.



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       Interview Those You Love (Before They’re Gone)

Inspirational educator Brendon Buchard shares about the power and value of interviewing the ones who have inspired you to allow their messages to help others. A personal story about his dad. He shares the importance of taking the time to personally express your love, admiration and appreciation to the people who have made a difference in your life.



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Barbara Karnes, Author of Gone from my Sight and other books that educate families about what to expect.
Barbara has dedicated the last 34+ years of her life to the education, care and comforting of dying people and their loved ones, and the most useful things she’s learned along the way have been distilled into her several books and booklets available at her website bkbooks.com  This 90 min presentation was given in 2011



 
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Memorial Service Videos
Here are some links to videos of funeral and memorial services that are on-line.
Use them to get an idea of the style you’d like or like to avoid,
Send them to your family to help share your thoughts with family members who will be charged with arranging your services.