From Lessons for the Living
In this clip from director Lily Frances Henderson's documentary, Lessons for the Living, a terminally ill woman talks about the dying people she's met with unexpected humor and grace - and is amused over her own, fast approaching, death.
Lessons for the Living reveals a unique subculture of Hospice volunteers as they reflect on their experiences and philosophies of life and death. Among them, a teenager escapes from the drama of high school by sitting bed side with a man whispering wisdom to him only to bring his corpse to the morgue one day later. A hard-edged corporate lawyer searches for meaning and finds his experience with the dying worth more than his riches. A shaman passes through the heavy hospice door and communicates with people's nearly dead souls. A young woman cherishes seeing the very moment of passing and the song sung directly after. However small or great these moments spent with the dying are, these volunteer's lives have been change forever.