The first special episode “You Only Die Once” introduces us to David, Suzie and their spouses.
They share how they each coped differently with their diagnosis and many years of battling a life-limiting disease.
David is not having a funeral, but plans to leave his body to medical science.
His wife Lyn breaks down as she reads a goodbye letter from her recently deceased brother.
Those few simple lines are dearly treasured.
Her husband, Pete won’t talk about funerals as that means he has to accept that Suzie will die soon.
Most people don’t know what to say or do with friends or family who are facing death.
Dr. Moira Sim, a family doctor talks about:
Episode 2 “A Family Affair”
Grandma had just died from breast cancer when her step-daughter
Roberta was diagnosed with the same.
Their lovely daughter, Sonia, mother of 3 young children, is now facing the same challenge.
This warm family shares an inspiring story of how they traveled a journey common to many viewers.
Isaac, Sonia’s young son, wrote an illustrated book which helped him to understand and cope with his mom’s illness.
Barry now runs a support group for patients and care givers. He shares a fund of wisdom on what people fear as well as how they cope …. or don’t.
Whether we are dealing with the death of a loved one, a friend….or
ourselves, viewers will gain valuable insight into this final milestone in life.
Special Episode 3 “We’re In This Together”
Fiona has been battling a life-limiting disease for 10 long years.
As she says… “You don’t know how you’ll cope until you are faced with it”
Fiona and her husband Clive share what is was like to be diagnosed and struggle through years of treatments and family dramas.
Soon after diagnosis they went to a Funeral Home and chose Fiona’s casket, wrote the service and even planned the menu for the wake afterwards.
Annie, a Personal Historian, shares with Fiona how to leave family treasures and stories in unusual, but practical ways.
Trish Duke, an experienced International Physiotherapist, introduces Fiona to the D.E.E.P. program (Duke Energizing Exercise Program).
The D.E.E.P. program helps to combat fatigue as well as assisting patients to maintain their mobility, independence and much prized dignity instead of just sitting in a chair marking time until they die.
Trish wrote this simple but successful program for Palliative Care patients with fatigue in a research study undertaken by Silver Chain Hospice Nursing Association and Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
Research shows that 60% of Palliative Care patients complain of fatigue as their number one symptom
compared to only 20% who complain of pain as their biggest challenge.
For another episode we filmed a group of mums who bravely share what
happened when they lost children through miscarriage, stillbirth, suicide, illness or accidents….
Interestingly, the Dads declined the opportunity to be filmed.
Anyone who has lost someone dear to them, whether a spouse, family member or friend will be able to relate to these brave ladies.
They talked about…….
Unfortunately, one camera and a swinging sound boom didn’t work with this group so that episode had to be deleted because of the poor technical quality and we were unable to re-film. (The other footage is Prime-time TV quality).
However, you get this deleted episode FREE with the other three ‘specials’ as there are some pearls of wisdom that are too good to be dumped and lost forever!
It was going to be called Episode 4 “Living with Loss”
The "Dying To Live” series will provoke thought, inspire debate and illumination on how we can all face (and even enjoy) this final journey.
Patients, care-givers, loved ones and Health Professionals will learn about the common psycho-social and spiritual challenges that we face when battling a terminal disease.
Watch 2 snippets of the Series below
(13 minutes in all)
Comments posted by viewers of the YouTube snippets ……….
Amazing! I wish I was able to view this program, however, being in America that’s not possible. I watched snippets on YouTube, and I was simply amazed. Should you ever distribute these films on DVD, please let me know! You are doing such incredible work, God Bless!
I really want to see this come to television. Such a touching program and Suzie was like my mum!! I want her story to be shown to everyone and all these people have stories worth showing!!
Death and dying is surrounded by mystery to those of us still in the “land of the living.” We don’t know what to expect, and as far as our mind can tell, we have always been here. (No remembers their conception.) There is no guide on how to die gracefully. We only see our loved ones go.
This documentary brings an important discussion to the forefront, and allows for the needed dialog to offer grace and dignity in the experience of death.
Thank you for taking on this challenging topic.
What a stunning and compassionate program!
Those of us called “Boomers” became parents when birth was not discussed. When doctors said, “face the wall and we’ll medicate you.” We demanded knowledge and self-control. It’s now time to do the same with death and dying.
The challenges of such stressful times should not be borne alone or in silence. This powerful program is certain to stimulate thought and conversation.
Another great video. Can’t wait to see the entire series on prime time TV. Congratulations on bringing more awareness to such a ‘taboo’ subject to many. Thanks.
Such thought provoking content and should be watched by everyone. Add your comments to support Trish and her amazing work.
This is very good to see.
Wow! I was in tears within 4 minutes. Incredible stuff, impossible not to be moved. Everyone should see this. My heart goes out to all those involved.
I’ve had a quick look and the other members of our support services team were “eavesdropping” whilst I was watching. We are all impressed and looking forward to seeing the whole programs!
This is a very moving documentary series and I would highly recommend this being viewed in prime time TV to show another aspect of the Euthanasia debate. I am very proud of the families here that have touched my heart. Thank you for sharing your sorrow, your grief and your extraordinary will to live.
Everyone needs to be seeing this clip…life don’t get more real than this.
Such a beautiful documentary…the untold stories of so many people just like us…only who have bravely triumphed over the very thing that should seem more likely to have defeated them.
My husband and I just watched your documentary on “Dying to Live”. Still wiping the tears from my face! Very moving, thought provoking and presented extremely well.
Trish, well done. You’ve done a superb job on bringing this documentary series to the awareness of the public. We all have a fascination about death and it is so great to see people who are real, who want to talk about the things that we don’t say and should say. Good work!
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