How a hospice works; staff, patients and their families.


The philosophy of the hospice is to try to make life for the terminally ill patient as pleasant as possible, free from pain and with constant care given in a homelike atmosphere. Filmed at Millhaven Hospice in Arizona, staff explain how they try to help patients live, while preparing them and their families for the inevitable end. One of the patients reads a poem she has written “Part way home” which is about the staff.

Made in 1979, this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. But the issues raised are timeless.

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