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Lessons for the Living (53 Minute Version)


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  • Directors: Lily Frances Henderson
  • Producers: Lily Frances Henderson, Leslie Koren, Shani Hashaviah
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: ThinPlace Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BU3V1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Moving through New York City's fast-pace, life often seems a blur. Yet, within this city, a group of people quietly seek solace by spending time with the dying.
Lessons for the Living reveals a unique subculture of Hospice volunteers as they reflect on their experiences and philosophies of death. Among them, a teenager escapes from the drama of high school, a hard-edged corporate lawyer searches for meaning and a terminally ill woman faces her own death with unexpected humor and grace.
As the baby boomer generation nears its end, this film offers a timely look at what it means to face death. Lessons for the Living shows that the dying have a great deal to offer the living. (Total Feature Run Time: 55 minutes / Total Short Run Time: 20 minutes)

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Seems like essential viewing for anybody interested in hospice care.
Alex Mallis
I wanted a teaching tool to really show volunteers or interested applicants what the realm of hospice volunteering is really about.
Gerry M Cheatham
The poetry in every frame and the beauty in each subject's stories creates a celebration of life in the most profound way.
Keith Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paige Moss on September 13, 2011
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Interesting compilation of the experiences of hospice workers who come from all faiths (or lack thereof) and walks of life. Perhaps the pacing is a bit slow, though this may be intentional. This is not about what happens after death, or the mechanics of death. Instead it is an insight to the culture of dying in the United States and the end of life process for those in hospice. Thought provoking, unique and well rounded this film is a great addition to end-of-life documentaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Mallis on April 26, 2012
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This impeccably shot documentary illuminates the world of hospice care from the perspective of the volunteers. These volunteers, from all walks of life, eloquently describe their experiences working with those facing death. The lessons they learn are often quite moving. This very moving film requires some patience, but the payoff is well worth it.

Seems like essential viewing for anybody interested in hospice care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Henders on April 26, 2012
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Henderson's film takes you on an incredible journey through not only the experiences of these palliative care volunteers, but more importantly how we make meaning in our lives. What we value, when we can appreciate it most, how to find strength, peace, empathy, and clarity. A truly meditative meditation on not so much the end of life, but rather, living. A must see for anyone going through this process and even for those who are not -- it's just an opportunity to think and feel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Miller on April 22, 2012
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Lessons for the Living touches on the subject of Hospice care with such great emotional sensitivity and human intelligence that the dignity of its subjects, and those they care for, is real and moving at every turn. The storytelling here is clear and personal without simplifying the ideas or emotions, despite the inherent complexity of the subject. It is also one of the most lovingly shot documentaries you can find. The poetry in every frame and the beauty in each subject's stories creates a celebration of life in the most profound way. This movie should be required viewing for anyone who wishes to truly live and strongly suggested for anyone who will one day die.
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