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Videos & Short Films

VITAL talk. Communication

When you pay attention to the way you set up a conversation, many problems will take care of themselves. Here, we’ve collected a handful of the fundamental skills we use constantly: Ask-Tell-Ask, Tell me more, Asking permission.


Life & Death in Assisted Living
More and more elderly Americans are choosing to spend their later years in assisted living facilities, which have sprung up as an alternative to nursing homes. But is this loosely regulated, multi-billion dollar industry putting seniors at risk? In a major investigation with ProPublica, FRONTLINE examines the operations of the nation’s largest assisted living company, raising questions about the drive for profits and fatal lapses in care.


Nurses are Leading the Way in this Care

A Patient care program from Sutter Care that changes the personal experience of advanced illness.  Reduces hospitalization and ER visits; improves pain management; lower.  [ 3 min, 47 sec ]


Family Conferences for Serious Illness
A Clinician’s Guide:  Outlines 7 steps in order to facilitate a family conference to make decisions with families when patients have a serious illness and are not able to participate. 


Big Hero

6-On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your pain [ 2 min, 2 sec ]


Angola Prison Hospice- Opening the Door

Louisiana’s infamous maximum security prison, is “home" for over 5,000 inmates, most of whom are expected to grow old and die behind bars. Yet, since 1998, a hospice program has been underway that has made better dying possible for those in its care, while having a positive effect on the general prison population. 

Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes

Our healthcare workers have provided serious illness and end of life care at unprecedented levels over the last year. Just looking at the numbers will never give you the full picture of what’s happened on the frontlines during COVID-19.


Palliative Care: One Couple's Story of Living While Dying
Husband’s story of taking care of his young wife with lung cancer and use of palliative care to assist with physical and emotional symptom and support.  [ 3 min ]

Death - It's not about the Nail

A short film offering a firsthand perspective of the brutality of the pandemic inside a Covid-19  I.C.U. and sometimes it's best to listen then try to 'fix it'.

Through the Eyes of a Caregiver - A Hospice and Palliative Care Reflection
This is a video that reflects the role hospice plays in caring for patients and their loved ones coping with loss.  [ 4 min, 28 sec  ]

IMPACT-ICU (Integrating Multidisciplinary Palliative Care into the ICU

These are a series of videos that is a communication skills training program to integrate palliative care into the ICU by training and supporting bedside nurses.  

A Good Death 

Each individual has their definition of what a good death should be.  


Assessing Depression Assessment of a patient experiencing depression.

The Power of Words

Change the words, you can change the world.


What matters at end of life

Palliative care specialist BJ Miller helps patients face their own deaths realistically, comfortably, and on their own terms. Miller is cultivating a model for palliative care organizations around the world, and emphasizing healthcare’s quixotic relationship to the inevitability of death. 


The Pause

This video demonstrates a brief acknowledgement of the patient's humanity just after death has been declared in the critical care setting.  

Taking a Symptom History Nausea and Vomiting 

Video depicting a nurse practitioner performing a history and assessment on an inpatient complaining of nausea and vomiting.


The Role Culture Plays in Older Adults

Decisions About Healthcare  Examples of treatment options in older adults. 

"Please Don’t Go" 

Set to music, loved ones hold signs to reflect their emotions of loss.



The Johns Hopkins

Breast Center holds retreats for stage IV breast cancer survivors and the result is a weekend experience that has been transformational for those who attend as a patient, caregiver, or medical provider.This powerful video illustrates stories of the patients and their spouses and what this retreat means for them. 


If the World Was a Village of 100 People

A depiction of this complex world if the world had 100 people. 


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Being Mortal

Frontline follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.  [ 54 min, 11 sec ]


Evan Mayday’s Good Death
A short 35 minute educational film, chronicles how doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health care providers worked with Mr. Mayday and his wife, Cheryl, to be sure he was making a reasoned decision, and ultimately, to support his choice to remove his ventilator.

Who Will Speak For You? 

A light humored brief video, made by the Conversation Project, on decisions to make regarding choosing a person to speak on your behalf when you are not able to speak for yourself.  

Testimonial Conflict

Conflicts exist daily whether it be between coworkers or with patients and families. 

Gen Silent

A documentary of LGBT aging and the issues they may face. 


Turning Toward the Morning

This powerful video brings to light stories of parents who have lost a child to illness, to accidental death and to suicide. All the stories are told in print on the screen in black & white. Reading the text of the featured individual's thoughts and experiences gives voice to each story. This unique narrative method combined with the musical score provides an excellent opportunity to focus on particular aspects of loss and grief.


Final Blessing

This video program examines the spiritual dimensions in the lives of the terminally ill. Scenes used for this modules starts with ocean in Ireland followed by Dr. Michael Kearney describing hospice in Ireland with a palliative care unit. The scenes also include interviews and discussions with patients and staff about end-of-life care and the discoveries of the potential for peace and healing. 


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