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Beets and beans: Living and Dying with Hospice

"Beets and Beans: Living and Dying with Hospice" attempts to dispel some myths about what it means to work with a Hospice provider.  The video interweaves the rich journeys of patients, caregivers, and family members, at different points in their interactions with hospice services, as their lives are touched by hospice. Those narratives show the audience how our participants are changed by time and experience. The story of Hospice is everyone's story.This documentary features a diverse cast, of all ages, interviewed in their homes, or Hospice settings. Moving and credible interviews supported by true-life events show that the hospice movement can revolutionize our views of dying. Both of producer Sue Perlgut’s parents were patients of a hospice program. While taping this documentary Sue decided it was time to give back to Hospice and became a volunteer at her local Hospice. Her surprising journey is part of this video. Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY allowed us access to their Hospice residence and referred us to in-home patients. Providence Hospice of Seattle, Washington referred us to pediatric patients and facilitated interviews with staff. All those taped have been very generous with their time and lives.

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