PBS Premiere: July 21, 1998Check local listings »
Encore Broadcast: June 15, 2002


When does life become a fate worse than death? In this age of medical "miracles," increasing numbers of doctors, patients and their families are forced to face this question. Physician/filmmaker Maren Monsen offers an intensely personal look at this modern medical dilemma and its timeless implications, as she takes us on a lyrical and heartfelt quest to discover an "art of dying" in a world that taught her well to prolong life but offered few prescriptions for treating death.

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