Here’s #WhatMattersMost to You

February 12, 2015
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Children. Grandparents. Getting some writing done. Dying with dignity.

Those were just a few of your responses this week when we asked you — FRONTLINE viewers — to use the hashtag #WhatMattersMost to tell us about what has the greatest meaning in your lives. Our new film, Being Mortal, based on Dr. Atul Gawande’s New York Times bestselling book, looked at how doctors can best help patients who are near the end of their lives.

Also read: Why Is It So Hard for Doctors to Talk to Patients About Death?

Terminally ill patients have to ask themselves what matters most, and how to spend the time they have. But it’s also an important question for those of us whose deaths aren’t imminent: What do we truly care about in this world?

We don’t need to wait until our last days to celebrate #WhatMattersMost — or to tell the people who matter most how we feel. Here are just a few of the thoughts and images shared on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube:



My dad caring for my mom. This is what love looks like. #love #aging #parents #cancer #cancersucks #family #60yearstogether   A photo posted by @sactowriter on

I just finished watching Frontline’s #BeingMortal. It brought me back to when my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer and his personal struggle with coming to terms with his own mortality. From that moment on I’ve been keenly aware of the fragility of life as well as #WhatMattersMost to me (quality time). I feel fortunate to have a wonderful family who make these trips around the sun so brilliant! A photo posted by Stef (@sjensenkeele) on


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