Secrets of Life and Death Series

Dr Michelle Peticolas
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Facing Death…With Open Eyes
Stunned by the loss of both her parents and by the lack of cultural dialogue, the filmmaker turns the camera on herself and four wise souls to explore the personal…
Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present
Searching for people gifted in the art of caregiving, the filmmaker discovers, more than a primer for success, a recipe for forgiveness. People in the film: Marcia Fields: Marcia is…
The Heart of Grieving
Against the backdrop of San Francisco's Day of the Dead, the arduous, and at times ecstatic, process of grieving is revealed in the stories of four people. People in the…

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The Heart of Grieving
Part of the Series: Secrets of Life and Death Series
Against the backdrop of San Francisco's Day of the Dead, the arduous, and at times ecstatic, process of grieving is revealed in the stories of four people. People in the film: Marcia Fields: Drawing strengths from Buddhism and other spiritual beliefs, Marcia experiences some amusing synchronicities and powerful life lessons…
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
A lush and lyrical film built around a poem which San Francisco poet and artist Beau Riley wrote as his lover of twelve years lay dying, the film shows one man plumbing the depths of his sorrow to find meaning through the strength of his mind, imagination, and devotion to…
LIFE Before Death - The Global Crisis of Untreated Pain
LIFE Before Death is a multi-award winning social action documentary film series about the global crisis in untreated pain and the dramatic life-changing effects pain treatment and palliative care services can deliver to patients and their families. The film asks the fundamental question underpinning our mortality: How will you die?…
How to Die in Oregon
In 1994, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to legalize physician aid-in-dying. At the time, only two countries (Switzerland and the Netherlands) permitted the practice, but more than 500 Oregonians have since ended their life using the law. The intimate Sundance Award-winning documentary HOW TO DIE IN OREGON…
Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present
Part of the Series: Secrets of Life and Death Series
Searching for people gifted in the art of caregiving, the filmmaker discovers, more than a primer for success, a recipe for forgiveness. People in the film: Marcia Fields: Marcia is just getting to know Rick when he is diagnosed with lung cancer. Although he warns her off, she refuses to…
Phantom Limb
The death of my seven-year-old brother when I was nine remains a painful and haunting memory. My parents did not know how to cope with the loss of their child and the entire family experienced indescribable pain. Phantom Limb uses this personal story as a point of departure. Whether it…
Being Mortal
Part of the Series: Frontline
Frontline follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about…
Near Death - The Intensive Care Unit at a Boston Hospital
NEAR DEATH is a film about the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. The film is concerned with how people face death. More specifically the film presents the complex interrelationships among patients, families, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and religious advisors as they confront the personal, ethical, medical,…
The Suicide Plan
Part of the Series: Frontline
You have an incurable illness, you want to die, and you want help dying - what can you do? People who are terminally ill and live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the rest of country, where physician-assisted suicide is illegal, people who…
Object Relations Child Therapy - With David Scharff
Watch renowned Object Relations psychotherapist David Scharff in an actual counseling session with an 11-year old boy who is grieving the death of his grandmother. In David Scharff's Object Relations child therapy approach, the parent-child relationship is the central concern, with particular attention paid to the representation of that relationship…
Dying at Grace
An extraordinary, transformative experience, Allan King's Dying at Grace is quite simply unprecedented: five terminally ill cancer patients allowed the director access to their final months and days inside the Toronto Grace Health Centre. The result is an unflinching, enormously empathetic contemplation of death, featuring some of the most memorable…
Inhale, Exhale - Birth & Death, Midwife & Chaplain
At Saint Boniface General Hospital in Manitoba two women pass each other in the corridors. Gisele Fontaine hurries to help women in childbirth, while Louise Saurette attends the dying. Birth and death, moments of transition that involve a transformative journey, have much in common. The midwife and the chaplain offer…