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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 us prefer to put off ... ... 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


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Dr. V. reviewed FRONTLINE: Facing Death DVD
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A must see
Review by Dr. V. review stating A must see
Watch this with your family then discuss advance directives for health care.
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Gayle reviewed FRONTLINE: Facing Death DVD
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Realistic and touchingly beautiful!
Review by Gayle 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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Tomcat 9. reviewed FRONTLINE: Facing Death DVD
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Facing Death
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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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