Caring for Dying: the art of being present

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Searching for people gifted in the art of caregiving, the filmmaker discovers, more than a primer for success, a recipe for forgiveness.


People in the film:

Marcia Fields

Marcia is just getting to know Rick when he is diagnosed with lung cancer. Although he warns her off, she refuses to leave him. They struggle through their new relationship while one of them readies to die.




Christine Aceves

Both Christine’s mother and stepfather are dying, but she can only care for one of them. The stepfather is placed in a board and care nearby. It’s a delicate balance of life, death, work, family and love.





Frank Ostaseski

Founder of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, Frank talks about the powerful lesson he received one long and difficult night while caring for a friend dying of AIDS.