Feature Films

Blackbird (2019)

A woman arranges one final family meeting with her daughters as she faces end of life. A poignant drama  that grapples with terminal illness and family dynamics, fostering a deep appreciation of every moment and the courage to face the inevitable with dignity and love.

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Coco (2017)

Coco, a heartfelt animation, offers a vivid and comforting exploration of life and the afterlife, embracing the enduring power of love that connects us all, even beyond our mortal existence.

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Farewell Party (2015)

An Israeli drama-comedy about a group of friends at a retirement home who build a self-euthanasia machine to help their terminally ill friend, and grapple with the moral and ethical implications of their invention.

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Here A While (2020)

This film follows the story of a terminally ill woman who returns to her estranged family in Oregon to reconcile and seek assistance for death with dignity, under the state’s Death with Dignity Act.

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Marvin's Room (1996)

A drama about two estranged sisters, one of whom has leukemia, who reconcile after many years, exploring themes of family, mortality, and sacrifice in the face of terminal illness.

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Being Mortal (2020)

Dr. Atul Gawande explores death, dying and why doctors struggle to discuss being mortal with patients, in this Emmy-nominated documentary.

Available on YouTube

Defining Hope (2017)

Intimately explores the end of life journey, shedding light on various pathways and decisions, ultimately demonstrating the possibility of a peaceful, dignified, and even hopeful conclusion to the end of life.

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Dying Wish (2007)

This documentary chronicles the final days of a terminally ill doctor who chooses to stop eating and drinking in a deliberate effort to control his own end-of-life process, revealing the resilience and strength inherent in the human spirit even in the face of death.

Available to rent from Vimeo

End Game (2018)

A profound and insightful documentary short that delves into palliative care practices, providing a valuable exploration of how doctors, patients, and families navigate the complex process of dying, an essential resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of end-of-life decisions and care.

Available to rent from Netflix

Extremis (2016)

A documentary that takes an intimate look at the harrowing decisions doctors, patients, and families face in an intensive care unit, with an emphasis on end-of-life care.

Available to rent from Netflix

5 Things You Should Know When Someone is Actively Dying (2021)

Dr. Eric Bush talks about some of the signs that someone is actively dying.

Available on Youtube

How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Apowerful documentary that explores the lives of terminally ill individuals considering death with dignity, presenting an in-depth look at Oregon’s controversial Death with Dignity Act.

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I See Dead People: Dreams & Visions of Dying (2015)

Dr. Christopher W. Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. His background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated.

A TED talk available on YouTube

Making End of Life Care Matter (2018)

End of life care practitioner Deb Wilkes believes we should all take an interest in managing the end of life.

A TED talk available on YouTube

Transforming the Conversation About Death & Dying (2019)

Marian Taylor, a nurse whose specialty has allowed her to journey with many patients to their final moments, discusses the importance of having the difficult conversation about death and dying with your loved ones.

A TED talk available on YouTube

What Really Matters at End of Life (2015)

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

A TED talk available on YouTube

What to Expect at the End of Life (2018)

End of life care practitioner Deb Wilkes believes we should all take an interest in managing the end of life.

A TED talk available from

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