Arizona Public Media, AZPM, is airing an original documentary that sheds light on a subject most people shy away from: end-of-life. Passing On encourages a thoughtful dialogue about end-of-life issues and the need to have critical conversations about one’s wishes for their final days.
Passing On premieres on Monday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.
Death is as much a part of human existence as is life, yet it remains a mysterious and often taboo subject. Passing On explores death and dying through a series of compelling, personal and thought provoking stories that will engage viewers and provide valuable information about planning for end-of-life.
“As a filmmaker, it is a tremendous honor and huge responsibility telling someone else’s story,” said Tom Kleespie, AZPM Senior Producer, Special Projects. “Each story that we tell in Passing On contains a valuable lesson, a moral that I hope the audience will take away with them. The families featured in this documentary allowed us in during one of the most difficult times in their lives. I hope viewers will realize the importance of dealing with these issues if they ever find themselves in a similar situation.”
The film will share perspectives from physicians who work with the dying and families who were willing to share their stories about their end-of-life journey.
The crew also traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin, to learn more about a town where more than 90 percent of residents have completed advanced directives. The nationwide average is just 30 percent. Why are this town’s residents so much more prepared for end-of-life issues than the vast majority of Americans? Kleespie interviewed several experts and locals to find out.
You’ll also hear from Dr. VJ Periyakoil of the Stanford University School of Medicine about how medical professionals must sensitively communicate important information to people across a wide array of cultures and native customs.
You can see the trailer here.
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