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A WQED Documentary

Everyone has a story – a life that can be broken down into chapters. For patients with a terminal illness the question becomes: who will write the last chapter?

Billions of dollars are currently spent on terminally ill patients – much of that on patients who may or may not want or fully understand the treatments being offered to them. But patients who have made a different choice – opting for palliative and hospice care as part of their end of life planning – often have lower costs and higher quality of life in the final days. Some even see their lives prolonged.


This documentary is not about the elderly, or the sick. It is a story – about us. Most people will experience the death of a family member or friend – and as we age – so will we be affected by chronic illness. Taking part in end of life planning represents an opportunity to have those difficult conversations and to take part in – even take charge of – a journey that can lead to a better quality of life – and a more peaceful goodbye – as we write The Last Chapter.


On Thursday, June 30, 2011 join WQED-TV for Before the Last Chapter: Conversations About the End of Life, a half-hour panel discussion LIVE at 7:30 p.m. – followed by the premiere of The Last Chapter, a one-hour documentary at 8 p.m. about several local people dealing with end of life issues.