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5 Movies to Jumpstart Your End-of-Life Conversations

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (5)



Recently more people than ever before have begun to take a look at their hopes and desires for the end-of-life and are even putting those wishes into writing. Through movements such as Aging With Dignity and The Conversation Project, individuals of all ages are being encouraged to talk about that day when their own life will come to an end and to express their thoughts and feelings about it with t...

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End-of-life movie review: Marvin's Room

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Marvin’s Room, a 1996 movie directed by Jerry Zaks, is a beautiful story of the best and worst aspects of family and how tragedy provides an opportunity for healing. I highly recommend this movie for its poignant message of pain and hope, but suggest that you keep a box of Kleenex handy be...

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End-of-life movie review: Dying Young

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Dying Young is a touching end-of-life movie that demonstrates the power of love and connectedness to transform both life and death. The 1991 film directed by Joel Schumacher stars Campbell Scott as Victor Geddes, a 28-year-old man from a very wealthy family who is sufferin...

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End-of-life movie review: Stepmom

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (1)


This 1998 film directed by Chris Columbus skillfully depicts the story of a family coping with the dual tragedies of divorce and terminal illness. Susan Sarandon plays Jackie Harrison, the ex-wife of Luke (Ed Harris) with whom she shares joint custody of children An...

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End-of-life movie review: Lightning Over Water

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


This 1980 documentary, which was co-directed by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders, chronicles the last few months of Ray’s life as he was dying from lung cancer. Wenders was a former student whose directorial style was deeply influenced by Ray, famous for his movie...

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End-of-life movie review: My Life

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


You must see this movie. I liked it so much that I’m placing my recommendation for it right at the beginning, just in case you don’t read the entire review. My Life has the power to change how you view your life, your relationships and your...

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End-of-life movie review: Christmas in August

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Christmas in August is a 1998 S. Korean film by Jin-ho Hur that tells the story of a businessman, Jung-won who learns he has a terminal illness then falls in love with a young customer of his photo shop, Da-rim. The movie, viewed with subtitles, is short on d...

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End-of-life movie review: The Barbarian Invasions

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


This 2003 French-Canadian film directed by Denys Arcand is an intelligent and cynical look at various aspects of the end of life, including relationships, politics, the healthcare system, family and the meaning of life itself. The story, which takes place in Montreal, centers around Re...

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End-of-life movie review: Beaches

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (3)


The 1988 Garry Marshall film, Beaches, tells the story of two very different women who have been penpals and unlikely friends since childhood. C.C. Bloom, played by Bette Midler, is a struggling entertainer who carries on a turbulent relationship with Hillary...

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End-of-life movie review: Ikiru

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (3)


"I can't afford to hate people. I haven't got that kind of time."

Most likely you would have to be a die-hard fan of the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa to have heard about or seen this movie. Ikiru was released in 1952 in bl...

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