FRONTLINE: Facing Death DVD

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Item #: WB3872
How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own? When the moment comes, and you're confronted with the prospect of ""pulling the plug,"" do you know how you'll respond? Unfounded rumors of federal ""death panels"" grabbed headlines last summer, but the real decisions of how we die - the questions that most of ... More
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How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own? When the moment comes, and you're confronted with the prospect of ""pulling the plug,"" do you know how you'll respond? Unfounded rumors of federal ""death panels"" grabbed headlines last summer, but the real decisions of how we die - the questions that most of us prefer to put off - are being made quietly behind closed doors, increasingly on the floors of America's intensive care units.

In this film, FRONTLINE gains access to the ICU of one of New York's biggest hospitals to examine the complicated reality of today's modern, medicalized death. Here, we find doctors and nurses struggling to guide families through the maze of end-of-life choices they now confront: whether to pull feeding and breathing tubes, when to perform expensive surgeries and therapies or to call for hospice. The film also offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.

The DVD features Descriptive Video for the Visually Impaired

Producer: Miri Navasky, Karen O’Connor
Production Year: 2010
Director: Miri Navasky, Karen O'Connor
Narrator: Will Lyman
Discs: 1
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
DVI: Y
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

13 Reviews
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Kitty
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5.0 star rating
03/04/22
Very accurate, well done a must see.
Review by Kitty on 03/04/22 review stating Very accurate, well done a must see.
Thank you Frontline for producing such an accurate and sensitive documentation on end of life decisions. You captured the struggle so sensitively and accurately that the patient and families face. The doctors were transparent in allowing us to feel their struggle as they face treatment vs. comfort in regards to what is best for the patient. A must see as we all at sometime will face these crucial decisions. Well done, plan to use this in my orientation program with hospice employees.
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Rico A.
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5.0 star rating
03/04/22
Riveting!
Review by Rico A. on 03/04/22 review stating Riveting!
Great DVD program! Everyone should watch this film to understand the issues facing loved ones caring for family members and appreciate the difficulties they experience when confronted with assessing and evaluating alternative options to prolonging life and considering the quality of prolonging that life.
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Rico A.
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5.0 star rating
03/04/22
Thought Provoking!
Review by Rico A. on 03/04/22 review stating Thought Provoking!
19 Oct 2015 Must see!
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Chaplain W.
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5.0 star rating
03/04/22
Church Group Must See
Review by Chaplain W. on 03/04/22 review stating Church Group Must See
As a hospital chaplain, this DVD will be used as a teach tool. And I plan to encourage religious groups of all faiths to learn from this excellent presentation. Thank you for taking on this difficult subject!
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A. H.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very important movie to watch
Review by A. H. on 07/17/20 review stating Very important movie to watch
This film shows, close up and personal, some of the difficult decisions facing those who are nearing the end of their life because of medical issues. These decisions are also shared with the patients family members. This movie was a bit intense but a good motivation for starting the conversation with your family about how much medical intervention you would want and writing out your advanced directives.
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Sue
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great Teaching Tool
Review by Sue on 07/17/20 review stating Great Teaching Tool
I used this film in teaching medical residents about end of life care and ethical issues. It was a great tool to begin an important discussion.
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Dave
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Facing Death DVD
Review by Dave on 07/17/20 review stating Facing Death DVD
A very informative and thought provoking DVD.
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Anne
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Facing Death
Review by Anne on 07/17/20 review stating Facing Death
I had seen this and thought it would be a wonderful training tool for our Hospice Volunteers. We plan to have a education night and show the DVD to all volunteers.
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Na
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Well done
Review by Na on 07/17/20 review stating Well done
I am checking into showing this to my church congregation and hopefully it will be well accepted.
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Cj D.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
thank you life changing
Review by Cj D. on 07/17/20 review stating thank you life changing
I had just last year been trough that with my brother .. brain cancer ..and it was the first time in a year that I saw a TV show that gave me a sense of peace i lost a thousand pound of guilt ...now i know that I did my very best and the doctors also ...I had hope my brother also so we together with faith did our best thank you so much for this TV show i wish I would see it sooner ...
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Tomcat 9.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Facing Death
Review by Tomcat 9. on 07/17/20 review stating Facing Death
My wife and I who are in our late 70s watched this progam last night on PBS. I thought I need this for our 6 children to watch at a time when we are not facing the decision. We have both survived crisis situations that had good outcomes. At some point the decision must be made and its best to think ahead when one has a clear mind.
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Gayle
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Realistic and touchingly beautiful!
Review by Gayle on 07/17/20 review stating Realistic and touchingly beautiful!
As an oncology nurse working with end of life issues daily, I so often struggle to find the right answer to a patient or family questions about how long? I participate on my institutions Bioethics Board, and have wondered how members can be certain that what they offer as resolution in these cases is the right answer. Facing Death eloquently shows that there are no right answers. Only the actual moment in a persons illness will determine the next step. Advance directives and living wills offer so little in the way of guidance! I hope that this film becomes part of every residency curriculum. I thank every participant who made this valuable program possible.
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Dr. V.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A must see
Review by Dr. V. on 07/17/20 review stating A must see
Watch this with your family then discuss advance directives for health care.


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