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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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  • 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: #191,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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No one wants to talk about it - we are a culture obsessed with youth and beauty and technology. But the fundemental question - why do we die - is the most important question we have in life. Why are we alive? No, we are alive - that's enough. But we need to find out why we die. This documentary is a series of interviews with Hospice volenteers - it's amazing storytelling. It's unique and powerful. Please spread the word.
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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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Hospice is amazing and provides a much needed service to those who need it. My comment is not about the organization but about this documentary. It could and should have been written and produced so much better. The interviews with the volunteers fell short, mostly, of giving the viewer a more comprehensive view of what happens entirely with being a Hospice volunteer. There was one good interview with a former volunteer who became a person in the end stage of life. She offered some "lessons for the living," but this is where the title falls short. Not too many lessons to hear about, nor was there a good understanding about how to be a volunteer and what precisely one does. Save your money buying this video, just donate directly to the organization.
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