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From the Fanlight Collection
Grief in America
Directed by Bert Atkinson
Narrated by Anthony Edwards
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This video takes an honest and comprehensive look at how our culture deals with loss in all its forms. Interviews with a number of nationally recognized authorities on the grieving process examine, among other things, some common myths about grieving, the importance of social supports, the impact of ethnic traditions regarding grief, and the social costs of unresolved grieving.

The documentary also includes the moving stories of seven individuals who have experienced losses both from anticipated causes such as progressive disease, and from unexpected causes including heart attack, murder and suicide.

DVD has both closed-captions and audio description.

"A comprehensive look at grief and how our society deals with grief. Very helpful information presented in an understandable and realistic way." —Jereva Christiansen, Volunteer Training, Individualized Hospice

"An excellent video that covers different ethnicities and customs, as well as general characteristics of grief and dying." —Deb Getty, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

"An excellent macro view of grieving in a death-denying society. One of the best available films utilizing an omni-approach to a hidden topic." —Tom Bruce, Sacramento City College

Best Staff Education Video, New
England Center for Loss & Transition
Gold in Education, International CINDY Awards
American Society on Aging
Hospice Foundation of America
Bronze, National Health Information Awards

57 minutes / color
Closed Captioned
Release: 1998
Copyright: 1997
Sale: $248

Subject areas:
Closed Captioned, Cross-Cultural Issues, Death and Dying, Fanlight Collection, Grief & Recovery, Psychology, Social Work

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