End of Life Issues to Consider with Your Aging Parents

End of life issues and choices are the focus of a PBS documentary. Beginning these conversations with aging parents will help your family be prepared for the future with confidence and calm.

Stephen Kiernan, author of Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System is interviewed in an upcoming PBS documentary urging people not to resist looking at the "don't know". Watch this clip from Consider the Conversation. What do we do when we know?

End of life issues will confront each of our aging parents. How can we help them talk about their choices? What decisions might they face about medical interventions? Is there a point when enough is enough? How can we talk about how to best spend the time they have left?

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PBS Documentary:
Consider the Conversation


To date, Consider the Conversation has won eleven awards including:

  • 2013 Touching Lives Award - Horizon Home Care & Hospice
  • Award of Excellence in End-of-Life Care - Agrace HospiceCare
  • Award of Excellence: Use of Film/Video for Social Change - Best Shorts Competition
  • Award of Excellence: Short Documentary - The Accolade
  • Silver Award of Excellence: Best Documentary or News Special - 82nd Annual Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism
  • Award of Merit: Use of Film/Video for Social Change - Indie Fest
  • Award of Merit: Short Documentary - Best Shorts Competition
  • Award of Merit: Concept - The Accolade
  • Award of Merit: Direction - Best Shorts Competition
  • Award of Merit: Viewer Impact: Content/Message Delivery - The Accolade
  • Award of Merit: Viewer Impact: Content/Message - Best Shorts Competition

"Consider the Conversation:
Wisconsin Premiere - a Rousing Success"

I got to attend the premiere on February 5th. What these filmmakers have created is amazing. The theater was packed -- and afterward -- a standing ovation. Here's one of the comments from an audience member that the filmmakers received. - Rev. Dale

"I went to see Mike Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal's documentary CONSIDER THE CONVERSATION tonight, and I was blown away. I was expecting to see some healthcare professionals giving some useful tips about hospice care and death and dying. Instead I saw a profoundly moving and poignant look at facing death and how we can all help each other go out the way we would want to go out.

I was expecting to be seated in a classroom with 80 other people. Instead I arrived to a sold out show with an audience of nearly a thousand, many of whom I could hear quietly crying at the end of the movie. It is brilliant, thought provoking, and dare I say it, comforting. I stand in awe of what you two have done. Seriously, BRAVO!!!"