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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DXCOY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

16-page viewer’s guide with an introduction by Bill Moyers, "How to Be with a Dying Person" by the Rev. Chuck Meyer, "Grief" by Kenneth J. Doka, articles on physician-assisted suicide and hospice care, and a glossary of terms
Biography of Bill Moyers
Plus discussion questions at athenalearning.com
SDH subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

As seen on PBS

"[4 stars]…ambitious, astoundingly moving, and relevant" --New York Daily News
"An extraordinary achievement" --The Washington Post

Exploring end-of-life issues, from health care to cultural attitudes

"Remarkable" --Los Angeles Times
Riveting and tender" --Chicago Tribune

In this emotional, powerful, and constructive look at how our culture faces death, renowned journalist Bill Moyers interviews dozens of terminally ill patients. From a gentle pediatrician who chooses not to combat his cancer with chemotherapy to palliative-care doctors and hospice workers who focus on comfort rather than cure, this four-part program uses individual portraits to explain the complex concepts and choices that surround "a good death."

While research shows that most people wish to die at home, four out of five people will end their lives in hospitals. Moyers examines the ethical, medical, and economic forces that often drive a person’s choices about death, allowing patients from many cultures and backgrounds to speak about their wishes and beliefs, each a poignant story of living with--and redefining--death.

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Moyer's is wonderful in this film.
Mark Peterson
This booklet should be in every hospital, library, nursing home, hospice center, medical school, counselor's desk; etc. etc.
Harold Wolf
It is a great comfort to me to hear honesty, and reality spoken freely.
Rosemary Gwaltney

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 22, 2011
This is SO relevant to caregivers, Baby Boomers, aging seniors, and family members of a terminally ill person. Oh yes, and a MUST SEE for every medical care giver from doctors to employees washing linens. Finally an HONEST look at the unspoken segment of life we call death. Death and breathing are things all people have in common, and now the terms of death's door are discussed through the eyes of caregivers and the dying themselves. Powerful. Honest. Provocative. Yet presented gently. It's a WOW experience.

My credentials include death escapes from 2 heart attacks and 3 `iffy' liver surgeries. I've experienced hospice care through a mother and a mother-in-law. I've experienced 4 family hospital deaths. I've experienced parents in short and longer-term nursing home care. This series is right on. It might shake you out of ignorance of the death process, or it might fine-tune your understanding of what the patient's experience might be. YOU WILL NOT LEAVE THIS DVD EXPERIENCE UNTOUCHED.

All 4 episodes have subtitles and each lasts about 1 ½ hours. Bonus is but a Moyers bio. The value of this DVD set is not extras, but the feature content. This should be required viewing for any pre-med student, new medical care facility employee, and patient with a diagnosis of a terminal illness.

LIVING WITH DYING
.....deals with hospice care (comfort, not treatment) and takes an in-depth look at more than one person as they pass through the dying process as well as caregivers & family who are left behind.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CARE
.....palliative (comfort) medicine helps to take the fear and pain from dying for the patient. It differs from the Medicare Hospice in that the disease can yet be treated. Pain control is key. Plus cost.
A DEATH OF ONE'S OWN
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Gwaltney on July 7, 2013
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How is it, that it took thirteen years after Moyers made this documentary, that I finally found it?! I read about it in a book I just bought, and ran over to my computer to order it.
Since it came, I have steadily, and thoughtfully watched the whole four films FOUR times! It is deeply moving and full of bare truth. So refreshing!
You see, I became the mother to 26 children over the past 43 years. I adopted as a single mother, and 19 of my children have handicaps. 7 of those children had terminal illnesses, and one by one, they have gone on to be with the Lord. I will meet them again there some day.
So many people in the medical field tip-toe around issues of ethics, and of dying. It is a great comfort to me to hear honesty, and reality spoken freely. Mr. Moyers, you did a magnificent job making this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I also thank everyone else who is on this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Peterson on October 21, 2013
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Moyer's is wonderful in this film. He illuminates the many conflicting forces associated with holding on and letting go of life. It is particularly instructive that some people who declare that they don't want to live beyond a certain point change their minds. The drive to survive is powerful voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Asch1957 on February 7, 2014
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It is a classic work of Bill Moyers. People should see this and talk to their families and friend. Dying is a human experience
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