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Real Life Stories
Mickey: Learning from Death | Joyce & Charles: The Hospice Alternative
Sabina & Perry: A Patient's Wish | Jonathan: A Planned Death
Mary & Warren: Coping with a Long-Term Illness | Claire & Don: One Family's Struggle

The Issues
Sidebars | Opinions | Resources | Glossary
Forming a Discussion Group

About the Program
Program Description | Outreach Efforts & Materials | Viewer's Guide | Credits

BEFORE I DIE: MEDICAL CARE AND PERSONAL CHOICES premiered on April 22, 1997. The program explores the medical, ethical, and social issues surrounding end-of-life care in America today. This Web companion piece features original reporting (REAL LIFE STORIES, SIDEBARS) by health writer Janet Firshein, 1995 Kaiser Media Fellow.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Photos (clockwise from left): Nurse & patient: © Ron Chapple/FPG; Baby & mother: © Steven Gottlieb/FPG; Men holding hands: © Ron Chapple/FPG; Hand on cane: © Ron Chapple/FPG; Man at window: © Chris Bartlett/FPG; Couple on grass (center): © Ron Chapple/FPG.