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Defining Hope (2017)

We aren't dying the way we used to. We have ventilators, dialysis machines, ICUs-technologies that can "fix" us and keep our bodies alive-which have radically changed how we make medical ... See full summary »

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Carolyn Jones
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Credited cast:
Rudolph Bilotti Sr. Rudolph Bilotti Sr.
Berthold Cohen Berthold Cohen
Charlotte Cohen Charlotte Cohen
Carmen Hernandez Carmen Hernandez
Deborah LaFond Deborah LaFond
JoAnn Nayer-Grutza JoAnn Nayer-Grutza
Gilbert Oakley Gilbert Oakley
Diane Ryan Diane Ryan
Barbara Stephenson Barbara Stephenson
Alena Sydnor Alena Sydnor
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We aren't dying the way we used to. We have ventilators, dialysis machines, ICUs-technologies that can "fix" us and keep our bodies alive-which have radically changed how we make medical decisions. In our death-denying culture, no matter how sick we get, there is always "hope." Defining Hope tells the story of patients dealing with life-threatening illness as they move between ICUs, operating rooms, hospice care and home. Diane is a nurse caring for end-stage cancer patients when she is diagnosed with ovarian cancer herself. 23-year-old Alena undergoes a risky brain surgery that destroys her short-term memory. 95-year-old Berthold lives with his elderly wife who struggles to honor his wish of dying peacefully at home. Defining Hope follows these patients and others- and the nurses that guide them along the way- as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living.

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USA

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English

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3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Carolyn Jones Productions See more »
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Enjoy Life
15 September 2018 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

From one patient, "Enjoy the day, enjoy the time. When your time comes ease on down the road." From another, "Illness is not defining me." This doc presents the philosophies of Calvary Hospital as well as home hospice care for those needing help w/debilitating illness or end-of-life care. It presents the desire of some to die w/dignity. Most of us fear death, and religion offers comfort in continual existence, but for others they choose to face it head on.

One negative is the lack of subtitling for most of the conversations because of the importance of the dialogue, and because at times it was hard to understand the conversations (also for those w/hearing issues).


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