Atul Gawande on Being Mortal

R&E’s interview with best-selling author and surgeon Atul Gawande about aging, dying, end-of-life care, and the limits of medicine.

A Story About Care

The Story About Care is one man's reflections on the power of the caring relationship that can exist when people working in health care see the "person and not a pathology." Jim Mulcahy shares his heart touching story of what it has been like to be cared for as he lives with end stage lymphoma while caring for his wife Sarah who has Huntington's Disease. This video was produced by the Canadian Virtual Hospice and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing in association with the Health Design Lab at St. Michael's Hospital and Wendy Rowland, film maker. We are grateful to Jim and Sarah for opening their home and their lives to us and sharing their story in the service of others.

Naomi Feil and Gladys Wilson

Naomi, a Jewish lady, finds the way to reach into the soul of Gladys, 87, long isolated in her own world of Alzheimer's, by singing her beloved Christian hymns to her.

Naomi Feil is founder of Validation Therapy, and called "The world's authority on communicating with people with dementia," according to Michael Verde, who produced this film, and is founder of Memory Bridge, The Foundation for Alzheimer's and Cultural Memory.

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We Don't Move on From Grief, We Move Forward With It

In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching.

Most powerfully, she encourages us to shift how we approach grief. "A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again," she says. "They're going to move forward. But that doesn't mean that they've moved on."

One Thousand Cranes

Origami" comes from the Japanese language - "ori" meaning folded and "kami" meaning paper.

For Kyoko, paper is a metaphor for life. You make use of what lines and points there are, and you create something out of what you've got.

This short video provides a metaphor for loss and sorrow - as a creased paper is marked forever, so too do our losses crease our lives.

I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying | Dr. Christopher Kerr | TEDxBuffalo

Dr. Christopher Kerr speaks at a 2015 TEDx event Buffalo, New York. 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.