The series was broadcast on Lake Effect, WUWM’s weekday magazine programme. Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci was inspired to research the topic after the loss of her own grandmother in hospice.
The series looks at the ethical and legal issues surrounding end of life care, caregiver stress, the importance of advanced directives, the growth of the palliative care movement and the difficulty in discussing death with children.
The Death and Dying in the 21st Century includes the following programmes:
Betty Ferrell, a researcher and oncology nurse works to teach doctors and nurses how to provide spiritual care for patients.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Goodman talks about the difficult but necessary conversations about end of life care.
A hospice program called Final Hours trains volunteers to provide comfort measures to dying patients.
Examines how the field of palliative care has grown, and the crucial role it plays in end-of-life care.
Presents changing scientific understanding of death itself.
A summer camp for grieving kids offers some clues about how we should talk to children about death.