Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Death and Dying

In Word and Deed: Show #003 (HS, ADULT)
This show, which aired on 12/2/01, features the following topics and guests. Cobleskill resident, Jack Daniels, discusses why he became Roman Catholic and how his pacifism leads his life. We meet Imam Quassam Mohammed Yusefee, who serves Schenectady's Afghan-American community. Yusefee gives us a look into the Afghan Islamic Center and talks about his faith. David Kaczynski, Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, talks about his path in life and his active role with NYADP. Sister Helen Prejean, author of the bestseller "Dead Man Walking", joins us in this segment; and Bishop Howard Hubbard discusses, with host Bob Cudmore, David's role with NYADP.

Living With AIDS: An Occasion of Grace (HS, ADULT)
Through several real-life stories, this video demonstrates how individuals can make a difference in healing the physical, emotional, and spiritual scars brought on by the AIDS epidemic.

Surviving Grief (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he helps the viewer to understand the grieving process and work toward acceptance of the loss of a loved one. He points out that it is important not to deny one's loss and to give oneself permission to "feel"; be it tears, loneliness, or anger. Above all, he suggests not to prolong and nurture grief, but to take one day at a time and make an effort to begin building a future.

Almost Home: Living With Suffering & Dying (HS, ADULT)
In this video, Sister Thea Bowman, a nationally known Black Catholic sister, shares her personal experiences of living with the sufferings and uncertainties of a terminal illness. Through Sister Thea's depth of spirituality and her gift of storytelling, you will discover that the sufferings we encounter and the finiteness of our existence pale in the splendor and power of God's gift of life and His eternal promises to us.

Talking About the Death Penalty (HS, ADULT)
As Catholic Christians, we believe that all human life is sacred. We must respect and uphold the dignity of every human person - every unborn child, every elderly or sick person, and even the worst murderer. This video looks at the death penalty from a Catholic perspective.

At a Loss for Words (ADULT)
This video provides information on how to help those you care for in a miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death experience. It teaches spouses, family members, friends, neighbors, and early caregivers - clergy, doctors, nurses, and counselors - how to help and what to say and do.

It Must Hurt A Lot: A Child's Story About Death (PK, Emementary Grades K-1)
From the Heart to Heart Series, this video is a story about death and learning and growing. Joshua returns home from a day at school to discover that his pet, Muffin, has been hit by a car and has died. Stunned by the news, Joshua is hurt and angry. This video explores all the honest emotions Joshua feels as he tries to deal with this terrible loss. Joshua learns some valuable secrets for coping as he grows through his loss. Taken from the book by the same name, the story by Doris Sanford with pictures by Graci Evans is told by a young child to speak to the hearts of other young children.

Letter On Light Blue Stationary: A Story About Self-Esteem (Emementary Grades 2-5)
In this video, Pamela and The Human Race Club learn that each and every person is special. After the death of Pamela's classmate, Pamela is asked to write a sympathy letter to her friend's family. In meeting this difficult challenge, Pamela makes an important discovery about herself and everyone else. This video encourages kids to value themselves and others by learning to appreciate every human being. The Human Race Club teaches living skills concepts in an entertaining format.

Death and Bereavement (ADULT)
This video explores the concepts of bereavement and draws insight from live interviews with individuals who are dealing with their own grief. She gives clear instruction on how to minister to the bereaved, how to conduct follow-up sessions with the family after the funeral, and how to give referrals for grief counseling. Through role playing and discussion, this training video shows the steps of planning the wake service and funeral liturgy, and also discusses the liturgy in such sensitive situations as suicide and the death of an infant, and when cremation is involved.

Making Sense of Christian Morality: Bioethical Issues (ADULT)
Paulist priest and moral theologian Richard Sparks provides insights into living Christian values. He shows how Christian morality "makes sense" in a time when we all have complex and challenging decisions to make. Here is the best of Christian moral theology expressed in a realistic and pastoral way. Portrayals of contemporary life and enacted scenes make these insights come to life. Bioethical issues explore: core Christian bioethics principles, the sanctity of human life, "to treat" or "not to treat" medical decisions, "ordinary" and "extraordinary" means of treatment, how to write "advance directives" (living wills); and numerous health care issues seen from a Christian perspective.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Threat to the Gift of Life (ADULT)
This video presents the issue of physician-assisted suicide, with commentary by Dr. Kathleen M. Foley of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Director of Georgetown University's Center for Clinical Bioethics. Police Officer Steven McDonald and cancer patient Irving Herbert are also featured. The program is intended to raise awareness and stimulate discussion, focusing on several topics: euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and raising individual consciousness.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Loss (ADULT)
This is the third of a series of four videos. No human being escapes coping with loss in life. According to therapist, Clayton Barbeau, failing to cope with loss, both great and small, is to wound ourselves. Using humorous and dramatic stories from real life situations, Barbeau leads his audience to examine healthy coping from death of a loved one to simple losses in daily living. He insists that we must be patient with ourselves when faced with serious loss. He shares the wisdom he gained watching himself cope with the unexpected death of his wife of 26 years. The successful life, he says, is a constant process of both loss and gain.

Family Dynamics: Your Aging Parents: Caring For Yourself . . . (ADULT)
Oftentimes care givers report that they sacrifice their own personal time, privacy, peace of mind, freedom and personal plans to assist their parents. Depression, anxiety and grief are common emotional responses that care givers may never have experience before the time of care giving. This program addresses these concerns by offering many practical ideas for restoring balance into the care giver's life and for preventing the hazards of care giver burnout.

Final Blessing (HS, ADULT)
This video examines the spiritual dimensions in the lives of the terminally ill. Rather than turning away from the unavoidable sadness in these stories, viewers will be left inspired, uplifted, and even consoled by the patients' end-of-life discoveries of the potential for peace and healing. It is a program about uncovering a place within the soul to begin to understand suffering on a different level and to look forward to what lies beyond.

Bernardin (ADULT)
This is a television documentary that examines the life of a man who helped define many of the critical issues facing the nation and how America stood with him as he was called to publicly defend himself. It explores Bernardin's rise to leadership in the American Catholic Church, his role in creating anti-poverty programs, and the public debate on abortion and nuclear weapons. Bernardin advocated a "consistent ethic of life" and initiated a project of reconciliation called "Common Ground" - a healing legacy that transcends idealogical boundaries.

At Death's Door (ADULT)
This video is a remarkable guidepost for those facing the terminal illness of a loved one. A useful vehicle for the involved family and the caregiving professionals. The video tells of a young mother who is told her three-year-old daughter has leukemia and of a young husband who receives the shocking news that his 53-year-old father has stomach cancer. Through these experiences and others, this video will help you acknowledge your emotions as you walk through the terminal illness of someone you love, and will guide you in living fully with your loved one through the last months, weeks, or days of your time together.

Beyond Death's Door (ADULT)
This video provides firsthand understanding of the grief journey through interviews with expert grief counselors and personal testimonies by people who have experienced the death of someone close to them. "Beond Death's Door gives us the hope that we can learn to live again after the death of a loved one, and not just survive."

Carved From the Heart: A Portrait of Grief, Healing & Community (HS, ADULT)
One man loses his son to a cocaine overdose. Grieving, Stan Marsden, a Tsimshian wood carver decides to create a totem pole and invites the town of Craig, Alaska to help. The project grows; it brings people of diverse ages and backgrounds together, acknowledges common problems of drug abuse and violence and promotes healing within the community. This video generates questions about death and dying, family violence, suicide, substance abuse, parenting, the impact of the Vietnam War on veterans and their families and how a community can support its members.

Order of Christian Funerals: A Tradition of Faith (ADULT)
This video is appropriate for Catholics planning the funeral of a loved one, funeral directors, parish staff, and lay ministers serving the bereaved. When faced with the death of a loved one, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and confused. The video is designed to help you and your family make funeral arrangements now or for the future. It will help you understand the role of the Church, its rituals and liturgies, and explore options available within the Catholic burial tradition.

Walks With Jesus: Vol. 3-Anointing of the Sick (HS, ADULT)
This is the third of three videos on the sacraments; the other two are on Eucharist and Reconciliation. This video includes three 7-minute meditations ideal for individual and group use in hospitals and hospices, adult education, discussion starter, RCIA, or parent meetings for sacrament programs: Vietnam Vet's Story, Paramedic's Story, and Pioneer's Story. Here is a versatile resource for ministering to the sick and/or dying. Combining scripture, prayer, true stories, and music, Mark Link touches upon the stuff of mystery: sickness, death and dying, and physical decline.

Pastoral Care: Pastoral Care of the Dying (ADULT)
This is the fifth of a six-video series to train those who, in the name of Christ and of your community, reach out to the sick. Each video begins with a re-enacted true story of a pastoral care volunteer and a person in need; and is followed by the host, Gaynell Cronin, providing practical advice on what a pastoral care volunteer is called to do. There is perhaps no greater challenge to the pastoral care provider than taking part in a person's journey toward death. This fifth video provides practical insight as well as inspiration to encourage the pastoral care provider to stay in the tension of this time with another as a person of faith.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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