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1.

The Death of Stalin

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When the tyrannical ruler Stalin dies, his hapless inner circle scrambles to come up with the next evolution of the revolution, but it's clear everyone is really out for themselves. Proof that comedy, like politics, is all in the execution.
DVD
2018
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Chappaquiddick

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Based on historical events, this suspenseful thriller examines the infamous 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned after Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, and the moral and legal complexities that play out over the following week.
DVD
2018; 2017
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Margaret

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The story of a Manhattan teenager whose life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident.
DVD
2014; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Eddie is an eighty-three-year-old war veteran. He spends his days maintaining the rides at Ruby Pier, a seaside amusement park. Now Eddie's own life is about to come to an end. One morning, an accident occurs on one of the rides. In front of a horrified crowd, Eddie attempts to save the five-year-old's life. The last thing he sees is the little girl's frightened face, the last thing he feels is the child's hands in his. Then, a blinding flash of light and silence, and Eddie reawakens in an unfamiliar place called Heaven. But he's not alone. Five people have been waiting to meet him.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kids Talkin' About Death

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"Kids talkin' about death" is an insightful look into how kids see and interpret death.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Faces of Death

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A graphic, uncensored depiction of death, including inside an autopsy room, death row and bizarre cult rituals.
DVD
1999; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)
7.

Coda

A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things. A beautiful animated short film from Ireland.
Online
2017; 2013
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Spiritual Issues in the Care of the Dying

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Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D., Ph.D. (Sisters of Charity Chair in Ethics and Chair, John J. Conley Department of Ethics, St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, Manhattan, and Professor of Medicine and Director, Bioethics Institute, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York) addressed three major questions that the hearing and thinking dying person is confronted with: value/dignity, meaning/hope, and relationship/reconciliation/closure. Dr. Sulmasy discussed in detail the meanings of these words/concepts, a need for consistency in naming/applying these moral words in discourse and writing, and where and how spirituality fits in with these three questions and the context of dying and what it means to be human.
DVD
2005
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
9.

By Heart

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Carol Muske-Dukes (Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California and Visiting Harman Writer-in-Residence (2005-2006), Baruch College, New York, New York) traces some of the history of the symbol and symbolic meaning of the "heart." She reads from her book, "Sparrow," and shares parts of her life story and the sudden death of her Actor husband, David Dukes. Dearing W. Johns, M.D. (Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine (Cardiology), University of Virginia) shares her thoughts on the loss of her husband, the pain of not being able to say goodbye, and the parallels of observation and healing that both physicians and poets share.
DVDOnline
2006
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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What Is "Dead" Anyway?: Determining Death for Organ Transplantation

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Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, History of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut) read a quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to launch into a history of organ transplantation and the real fears that existed of inaccurately determing death and some legal cases that ensued. She highlighted the stories of the Herrick twins, Louis Washkansky, Christian Barnard, Norman Shumway, and Richard Lower to name a few. Timothy L. Pruett, M.D. (Strickler Family Professor of Transplantation, University of Virginia, and President, United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) talked about the controversies surrounding organ donor death, the need for organs (especially kidneys)and the [...]
DVDOnline
2007
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Bearing Our Burdens Honorably: Hospice & Humanity

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Poet and funeral director, Thomas Lynch, talks about caring and death, primarily though describing the deaths of his family's pet cats. He ends with the caring for the body of a human being who was murdered.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Aequanimitas [Videorecording]

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Marcia Day Childress, Ph.D. (Moderator), introduced the Koppaka lecture and speaker. Pauline W. Chen, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Author or "Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007), Haverhill, Massachusettes) addressed the question: "How do physicians deal with death." Chen illustrated, with a personal story, the facets of communication, caring, and doing a job. Using an 1889 Osler speech where Osler described the composure needed for a physician ("aequanimitas") and a letter by John Keats (1817) to his brother referencing "negative capability," Chen presented the values/skills in learning to live with ambiguity, paradox, and humility in order to practice "compassionate end of life care."
DVD
2008
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Connect With English: 29-30 [electronic resource]

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The funeral for Rebecca's father is held and the Boston fire department presents Rebecca with her father's helmet. Matt and Sandy both stop by to pay their respects and Sandy tells Rebecca she's going back to Jack. At the gravesite, Kevin and Rebecca speak movingly about their father's hopes and dreams. The episode includes a review and a brief discussion of the discussion group's own experiences with death. Grammar lessons include indirect object nouns and pronouns: affirmative and negative statements; indirect object nouns and pronouns: yes/no questions and short answers; indirect objects and direct objects and wh- questions and answers. In Part 30, the family reads the condolence cards and friends drop by with food. Uncle Brendan and his wife Anne offer to help Rebecca and Kevin a [...]
Online
1998
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The Good News About Giving Bad News

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The Reverend Kate Braestrup (Chaplain, Maine Warden Service, Lincolnville, Maine), author of "Here if You Need Me," described her participation with the Maine Warden Service. Her assistance at search and rescue missions, accidents, suicides, airplane crashes, etc. had often occured in the woods of Maine and provided a valuable service of communication and comfort. Reverend Braestrup discussed several key concepts instrumental in aiding the delivery of empathic notification of death to family members. Scott A. Syverud, M.D. (Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia) highlighted the value of chaplaincy services and especially in the present time of economic hardship.
DVDOnline
2010
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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A Daughter's View of a Father's Dying: Poems From the Father

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Sharon Olds, (Ph. D. and Associate Professor, Graduate Creative Writing Program, New York University) an award-winning poet, reads her own and some other's poetry which touches on the subjects of dying, death, handicaps, and issues of self-examination. "The Father", her fourth book and from which she read several selections, contains poems which examine and memorialize, from a daughter's perspective, the father's decline and death; from diagnosis of cancer to cremation of his body.
DVD
1997
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Children and Grief: Coping, Creating, and Being Comforted

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Virginia L. Fry, M.S. (Director, Hospice and Palliative Care Council of Vermont and Bereavement Coordinator, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, Montpelier, Vermont) spoke on the way to address dying, death, loss, and grief with children. Ms. Fry emphasized the use of objects, color, and sound for coping with grief. Lynne B. Hughes (Founder and Executive Director, Camp Comfort, Rockville, Virginia) described the founding of Camp Comfort and the philosophy and structure of a camp experience.
DVD
2001
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
17.

Chillysmith Farm

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This remarkable film, ten years in the making, documents the aging and death of Gramp in the bosom of his family. Grandsons Mark and Dan Jury shared in caring for him at home so that he could live and die among the people he loved. They recorded their experience in the photo essay "Gramp," and eventually in this multi-award winning film. Their grandmother Nan continued to live on Chillysmith Farm, aging gracefully. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family, including her great grandchildren. When Dee and Mark Jury expect their third child, they believed all family members should share in the joy of birth and they had in the sorrow of death. Kristen is born at home with the whole family attending. The four generations are bound with loving ties.
Online
1981
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Preparing for Death: What to Do?

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Panelists comment on the roles that theologians, psychologists, lawyers, hospice staff, physicians and other health personnel can play as one anticipates death.
DVD
1994
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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A Breath of Hope [electronic resource]

When a loved one has a serious illness the emotional fallout can be harder for the family to bear than for the actual patient. This poignant documentary follows 27-year-old Rachel as she and her husband Brian cope with her diagnosis of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare and sometimes fatal respiratory disease. After Rachel's condition unexpectedly worsens their search for a lung donor becomes all the more urgent, and Brian's devoted, anguished caretaking is now focused on keeping his wife healthy enough to remain on the organ transplant wait-list. The couple share their thoughts throughout the video, from bleak to stoic to inspirational. At the end, Rachel expressed her desire to "move on," and Brian's grief is mitigated by her radiant smile just before she passed.
Online
2009
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The Last Journey [electronic resource]

If we're lucky, our parents live long enough to entrust us with protecting and caring for them. But the adult caregiver doesn't always feel so lucky-the burdens of decision making, of remaining involved and vigilant, are often overwhelming. What happens if this hardship becomes unmanageable? How can we best look after and safeguard our aging loved ones without losing a grip on our own lives in the process? This film brings those challenges into the light as it depicts what draws us closer to our elders, as well as what separates them from us, as they enter their final years. Both nursing home and home care options are discussed as the film explores four European family histories in which difficult choices had to be made. Even as these case studies point to hard logistical realities, [...]
Online
2009