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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Public Broadcasting Service
  • Release Date: Feb. 8 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B0047H7Q3G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,039 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

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? FRONTLINE examines the complicated reality of today’s modern, medicalized death, and offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A look at a subject no one wants to think about until they have to. July 11 2011
By Angela - Published on
The End-of-Life/ICU doctors Frontline followed and interviewed in this piece are amazing. Not only are they caring and compassionate, they manage to interview on camera about gut-wrenching decisions that are needing to be made, while still having concern in their voice and not turn into a robot that's not trying to show emotion. I only hope I get doctors like them when I'm in this position.

This show brings up the choices people are faced with when treatment to heal someone is no longer working. They are at the point where they will never get better, and will eventually die. They describe how with our current technology, we can pretty much keep every part of a dying person alive with machines, for years. But then it questions if this is the right thing to do.

The stories are all real lives of people who are dying, and the slower pace of this show works well for it. This gives you time to learn about these individuals, meet their families, understand their pain and watch them as they cling to every last hope for life. No ones story of death should be rushed. These are stories that we will ALL some day find ourselves in. We will either be the one dying, or the family member at the end of the bed.

Stories of grandmothers, fathers, brothers, mothers and husbands are all filmed. You feel as though you're right there in the room with the families, clinging to hope that this one last effort will work. You're heartbroken and crushed with tears in your eyes when you see the results of all their fighting.

They show how there are some treatments that actually kill 30% of all the patients. It asks whether living a year in horrible pain and in constant treatment is better than 4 months of good health, painless life and dying sooner. It shows how in the end, the results are all the same...that no one wants to die.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
face it now or later Nov. 17 2012
By Barbara - Published on
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This is a troubling video. However, everyone should view it BEFORE they are faced with end-of-life decisions for themselves or loved ones. The documentary confronts us with issues surrounding the extraordinary means which modern medicine can and frequently does use to extend lives of terminally ill, dying patients. These issues would ideally be discussed with loved ones and our personal desires related to them so that our dying wishes may be respected. (See for info.) Moral, ethical, spiritual and economic, as well as medical questions may be elicited by viewing this video. I know that it is preferable to view this documentary than to have one's first encounter with end-of-life issues in real life. It is my personal opinion that spending the end days of one's life in a hospital hooked up to any number of devices is undignified, uncomfortable and undesirable. I hope that our nation, the medical profession in particular, begins to understand, accept and teach us all that death is a part of life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful Jan. 17 2013
By RDA freak - Published on
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The interviews are enlightening, even if sometimes depressing. I will watch it a few times; this is one that cannot be absorbed in one sitting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Important Information! April 30 2014
By WannaTellU - Published on
This DVD provides very important and thought provoking information about end of life decisions. I watched it and can't stop thinking about it. Recommended for anyone with a very ill family member.
Great for a discussion group. Nov. 20 2013
By Joys G. - Published on
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I watched this with a small group of friends. It's probably not a good idea to watch it alone as it addresses the very difficult questions that families face when a loved one is dying. The multiple families featured gave a rounded look at the conflicts, confusion, and misunderstandings that can arise at a very difficult time. People in our group were groaning over some of the decisions made by relatives. We had a great discussion afterward. I highly recommend this film for a discussion group.

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