Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject (Feature Length Film)
Premiered theatrically on 2/5/11 and released to public television stations nationwide on 6/18/11, Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject provides a 360-degree view on end-of-life care. It features the perspectives of three terminally ill patients in their 50's and the professionals who typically care for these kinds of people - doctors, nurses, social workers and clergy - as well as several leading national experts. Consider the Conversation does not provide the viewer with any particular answer - it's not a hospice film, for example, and it's certainly not a film that advocates for physician assisted death. Instead, it provides something far more important than an answer - some of the questions we all need to think about and answer for ourselves. As such, Consider the Conversation aligns beautifully with the concept of advance care planning which is all about the process of talking with patients about their end-of-life wishes, documenting them, and aligning care with those wishes when push comes to shove.