Christel Lukoff, MSW, Ph.D. (Storyteller)

Christel Lukoff, MSW, Ph.D. 707- 763-3504 Petaluma, CA Psychotherapist and hospice social worker Christel Lukoff shares traditional folktales that metaphorically express many of the feelings and issues encountered in grief. The stories remind us of the healing power of memories and of ways to find an ongoing relationship with a loved one who has died. Christel’s commentaries deepen and transform our understanding of grief and remind us how love and loss are interwoven. To order CDs from ... Read More

Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject

A gressroots project to improve end of life care, this film sheds light on the 21st century American struggle with communication and preparation at the end-of-life. Throughout the film, there are intimate accounts of the emotional, spiritual, physical and social burdens associated with the historical shift that has occurred with dying. Forty years ago, most people experienced a quick death, but today we are more likely to suffer a slow, incremental dying process. Consider the Conversation examines ... Read More

Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America

The Finding Our Way: Living With Dying in America national newspaper series appeared in more than 160 newspapers, reaching millions of Americans (www.findingourway.net). That series consisted of 15 articles created by a distinguished group of authors and editors, and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels, and Charitable Leadership Foundations. This hybrid web-cdrom course offers a new opportunity for Americans to learn from the widely read newspaper series. The ... Read More

Growth House Radio

Growth House Radio is entertainment with a mission: to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying. They offer several different channels with music and easy-listening education features on end-of-life care. You can listen to Growth House Radio while you continue to surf the web.

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Heart to Heart (Radio Documentaries on Caring for the Dying)

A series of three, hour-long audio documentaries designed for national radio broadcast. Distributed by PRI, Public Radio International. This series looks at the care given by doctors, hospitals, clergy, family and friends to people at the end of life. It examines the barriers to good care that arise from cultural misunderstanding, from fear over the use of morphine and other drugs, from lack of funding to pay for good programs. It provides ideas, examples and inspiration for those who are searching ... Read More

Heart to Heart (Radio Documentary about Caring for the Dying on CDROM)

Originally created as three, hour-long audio documentaries for national radio broadcast, this wonderful education resource is now available on CD. It will make a great training tool for hospice volunteers, health care professionals, and anyone else who wants to learn about key issues in end-of-life care in an entertaining, easy-to-absorb format. The series draws from over 80 hours of tape and includes remarkable moments with people who are facing death, their families and those who are helping ... Read More

Hold Your Breath – A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine

Hold Your Breath - A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine Film Directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen, MD Check PBS for local broadcasting times in your region. Northern CA KQED and KRCB broadcasting in April, 2007. A lovely and moving meditation on the clash between religion, culture and modern medicine. Produced by Stanford Center for BioMedical Ethics, Program in Bioethics and Film Dr. Monsen is the film maker who also produced: Vanishing Line about her journey with a hospice chaplain caring for ... Read More

POV A Family Undertaking (PBS)

Prior to the 20th century, most Americans prepared their dead for burial with the help of family and friends, but today most funerals are part of a multimillion-dollar industry run by professionals. "A Family Undertaking" explores the growing home-funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. Visit POV A Family Undertaking (PBS) ... Read More

Seeing the Difference

A project on viewing death and dying in interdisciplinary perspective. A project of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities UC Berkeley Christina M. Gillis, Ph.D.Project Director. Seeing the Difference is sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, with the generous support of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. Visit Seeing the Difference ... Read More