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Suggested Documentary


203 Days by Bailey Barash

203 Days is a half-hour documentary about one family facing the death of the matriarch. It depicts the family dynamics at work when Sarah, the terminally ill mother comes to live with Kaye, her daughter. Even with the help of hospice both Sarah and Kaye are faced with the stress of family conflicts and daily decisions about pain management, mobility, outside assistance and medical crises.


Suggested Reading


Albom M.  Tuesdays with Morrie.  New York:  Doubleday, 1997.


Beresford L.  The Hospice Handbook.  Boston:  Little, Brown and Company, 1993.


Byock I.  Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life.   New York:  Riverhead Books, 1997.


Callanan M and Kelley P.  Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying.  New York:  Poseidon Press, 1992.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Medicare Hospice Benefits:  A special way of caring for people who have a terminal illness. Publication No. CMS 02154.  Call 1-800-633-4227.


Dunn H.  Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Measures Only and the Elderly Patient. Written by a hospice chaplain.  A & A Publishers, Inc., PO Box 1098, Herndon, VA   20172-1098;  (703) 707-0169.


Fintel WA and McDermott GR.  Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and Their Families.  Grand Rapids MI:  Baker Books, 2004.


Komp D.  A Window to Heaven: When Children See Life in Death.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan. 1992.


Kubler-Ross E.  On Death and Dying.  New York:  Collier Books, 1969.  (Still a classic)

Morris V.  Talking About Death Won't Kill You.  2002.


Nuland  SB.  How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.


Stoddard S.  The Hospice Movement: A Better Way of Caring for the Dying.  New York:  Vintage Books, 1991.

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