Published on: March 25, 2012

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Short Film 43 of 50 in the LIFE Before Death documentary series about the global crisis in untreated pain and the dramatic life changing affect palliative care services can deliver to patients and their families around the world.

In “Talking About It” we discover the importance of talking about death for patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses.

“From diagnosis very often it will start by a patient asking; ‘Well okay, how long do I have to live?'” reflects Dr Bernard Lapointe (Canada). “And then I’ll look at them and ask them; ‘Well what do you know? What do you want to know? How much do you want to know.’ Because that’s very important.”

“We encourage families to discuss the illness,” reports Dr David Morrison (Canada).

“When you know something is going to happen, you start getting accustomed to the idea, even though it’s very painful,” explains John (Canada). “I guess you cry a lot at the beginning. We cry less as we go along.”

“I’ve accepted it,” states Jean (Canada).

“So if we can open the dialogue, we can go from avoidance, denial and a great deal of anger, to an acceptance of the disease,” continues Dr Morrison.

Featuring: Dr Bernard Lapointe (Canada), Dr David Morrison (Canada), Dr Manual Borod (Canada), Dr Mark Boughey (Australia), Jean (Canada), John (Canada), Bernard (Singapore).

If you’ve missed previous episodes, catch up on the LIFE Before Death website…



The LIFE Before Death feature film was premiered on 1 February 2012 in Singapore.

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