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Death and Dying

This compendium of resources on death and dying has been compiled by our volunteers Meesh Rheault Miller and Jim Hill.




Magazine/Newspaper Articles


  • Promise Me, 2016, 8 min. (Drama) – A fictional story of a Texas woman’s last moments prior to taking a lethal dose of medications.
  • Seven Songs for a Long Life, 2016, 82 min. (Documentary) – A Scottish film telling the end-of-life stories of six hospice patients.
  • Dying To Know, 2011, 30 min. Dying Matters/Flix Films. (Docudrama) – Selected for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, this film aims to prompt conversations about death and dying.
  • How To Die In Oregon, 2011, 1 hr 47 min. Peter Richardson, Dir., HBO. (Documentary) – This film explores real-life responses to Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act,” the first law in the U.S. to legalize physician-assisted dying for the terminally ill.
  • I Didn’t Want That, 2009, 7 min. Flix Films. (Docudrama) – Five separate end-of-life scenarios examine what can happen if you fail to make your end-of-life wishes known.
  • Let’s Talk About Dying, 2011, 13 min. (TED Talk) – We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives and to question the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital.
  • My Mushroom Burial Suit, 2011, 8 min. (TED Talk) – Artist and TED Fellow Jae Rhim Lee re-imagines the relationships between the body and the world. Lee proposes an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional burial and cremation.
  • What Really Matters At The End Of Life, 2015, 19 min. (TED Talk) – BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients.