ON OUR OWN TERMS: MOYERS ON DYING
The complete, four-part ON OUR OWN TERMS series can be obtained on
video tape from Films of the Humanities (1-800-257-5126).
"Before I Die -- Medical Care and Personal Choices."
This PBS video, part of the Fred Friendly Seminars, along with the accompanying
viewer's guide, covers the many ethical, legal, and personal choices that surround
the dying and their families. The format places panelists, ranging from physicians
to ethicists, in hypothetical situations where they must make difficult choices
just as patients and their families must often make such choices. Available through
PBS on the Internet at shop.pbs.org under
"Mind Body Spirit" in the category of "Medical," or by calling toll-free (800) 424-7963.
"Bill T. Jones -- Still Here with Bill Moyers"
A behind-the-scenes look at artist Bill T. Jones and his highly expressive dance
routines. Themes such as living with a life-threatening illness, spirituality,
and maintaining a positive outlook on life are central. To order, call WNET toll-free
at 800-336-1917. The cost is $29.95 plus shipping and handling.
"Clergy to Clergy: Helping You Minister to Help Those Confronting Illness, Death
A 12-part audiotape series to help clergy learn
more about grief and bereavement. Conversational in format and non-denominational
in approach, these tapes are moderated by Rev. Anita Bradshaw of the Yale Divinity
School. It is available for ordering at (202) 638-5419 or on the Hospice Foundation of America
Web site: www.hospicefoundation.org/virtual_html/resources/clergy.htm
A videotape series for caregivers, family and friends of terminally ill patients,
and the terminally ill themselves The tapes discuss providing physical, emotional
and spiritual comforts to loved ones, as well as practical planning and discussion
of legal issues. Winner of the National Hospice Organization's 1997 President's
Award, the series is available from FEPI/Family Experiences Productions, Inc.,
FEPIrag@aol.com or phone (512) 494-0338.
"In the Gloaming"
HBO, 1997. Based on the outstanding short story by Alice Elliott Dark, this film
dramatizes a dying young man's return home, and focuses on his heightened intimacy
with his mother, her acceptance of his impending death, and the shared revelations
of what they have cared most about. Available through commercial outlets.
"The Vanishing Line"
A film by Maren Monsen, M.D., describes a young physician's journey to understanding
the complexities of caring for the dying. Contact: First Run/ Icarus Films (212) 727-1711
A two-volume set of 12 tapes-- six to be used by the person with terminal illness
and six for the caregivers or loved ones. The tapes are designed to be relaxing
and contain an interview with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and talk the listener through
his or her fear. For more information, go to www.Hemi-Sync.com or call
Produced by Companion Arts. CD that presents the listener/patient with evocative
music and spoken words from foremost experts in the field, speaking candidly about
key elements of the dying process. Themes include letting go, elements of closure,
giving and receiving love, forgiveness and continuity of spirit. The content is
designed to relax listeners and provide them with an avenue to explore their own
inner emotions. Available at www.gracefulpassages.com
or by calling their toll-free number (888) 242-6608.