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With the guidance of Zen Hospice founder, Frank Ostaseski, seven people who have lost loved ones or who face terminal illnesses came to discover the transformation and healing that can sometimes come in grief's wake. In their own words, they recount their experience of grief and healing.
 
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photo of Pervanche McGee Pervanche McGee lost her mother one year ago. Being in law enforcement, she has found that some of her colleagues are impatient with her grief. "They want me to get over it, but I can't. As a black woman, my role was to care for my family. I don't have a role anymore." Her mother was cared for at the Zen Hospice Project, which was founded by Frank Ostaseski.
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photo of Paul McVetty Paul McVetty is forty-six years old and the father of a seventeen-month old, adopted daughter. He was diagnosed five years ago with Hepatitis C. He is awaiting a liver transplant, which is quite possibly the only thing that can save his life. He is also waiting for a blood test to see if he qualifies for Interferon treatments. His greatest wish is for things to go back to the way they were before his diagnosis.
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photo of Cathy Chin Cathy Chin's husband died two and a half years ago. He was diagnosed in December and died the following month. She responded to his death by isolating herself at home but eventually found her way to a support group, and subsequently became a hospice volunteer.
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photo of Joyce Mita Joyce Mita has been living with breast cancer for ten years. She is now a stage four metastatic breast cancer patient, with cancer in the liver and bone as well. She fought for her medical plan to pay for acupuncture treatments, and won. Joyce says, "I know there is no cure, but I want as much quality and quantity as I can get." Joyce's doctors have told her that there are no other interventions. She has a son, Ryan, nineteen and a daughter Allison, sixteen.
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photo of Wendy Johnson A year ago, Wendy Johnson's father committed suicide after finding out he had a terminal illness. Wendy has been very angry and upset about her father's death. Even though she is a trained hospice volunteer and a practicing Buddhist, she felt that her training was of little help in her grief. She also wondered how to explain her father's death to her children.
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photo of Joan August Joan August is currently caring for her son Bo, who has AIDS. When Bo was diagnosed five years ago, she decided the only way they were going to make it was for them to focus on the living. Joan is divorced but her ex-husband moved back in with her to help care for Bo.
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photo of Jim Locke Jim Locke was sixty-eight at the time With Eyes Open was filmed, and died shortly thereafter. Jim was diagnosed with cancer one year ago. In the last months of his life, his wife was his greatest support who often helped him out of despair. He and his wife attended support groups through the wellness community, whose members became like a family to him.

 


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