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”
“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
Panel discussion on how hospice, bereavement, clergy and funeral service professionals can come together to serve families in end of life situations.
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
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
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.
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.