Charlie Rose Interviews Christopher Hitchens

Charlie Rose Interviews the late author Christopher Hitchens who died of esophageal cancer December 15, 2011

5 Stories: San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine

Hear the stories of San Diego Hospice patients, their caregivers, our staff and volunteers, who talk about making the most of each moment for as long as life lasts, while living with a serious illness or terminal illness.

June 30, 2011

Alexandra Drane

Truly passionate talk about ‘Engaging with Grace” on the ‘end of life’ issue. Have you talked with the people you love? Don’t miss this brief, yet very powerful presentation from Alexandra Drane.

The Existence

A famous Polish actor, 80-year-old Jerzy Nowak (featured in “Schindler’s List”, directed by S. Spielberg and Andrzej Wajda) decided that after death his body should not be buried, but used for the benefit of science. The documentary shows the process of making that decision, the actor’s dilemmas and important thoughts about death. In catholic countries – like Poland – the documentary will be controversial if only for its subject matter. This Polish actor is terminally ill and wants to tell the story from the perspective of a dying man. As an actor he wants to play his last role, at the same time the first leading one, and explain why he decided to donate his body to science. Personal, ironic, and often positive themes in the context of a fundamental, thought-provoking, taboo raising discussion. The film treats its subject in a way which is innovative even on the world scale.

Mademoiselle and the Doctor

Seventy-nine year old Lisette Nigot wants to die. She is a healthy academic, of sound mind and intellect, but she wants to die “before things get too bad”. Her cut off age is eighty. “I decided that was the age I wanted to die, a long time ago,” says Lisette. “Madamoiselle and the Doctor” follows Lisette as she consults with controversial euthanasia advocate, Dr. Philip Nitschke. Dr. Nitschlke believes everyone has the right to a peaceful death at a time of their own choosing, but Lisette’s quest for help and advice has him concerned. “You don’t want to wait around until Christmas?” he asks as they discuss which drugs will give Lisette a peaceful death. “I loathe Christmas,” is her witty response.