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Beets and Beans: Living and Dying with Hospice
attempts to dispel some myths about what it means to work with a Hospice provider. The half-hour documentary interweaves the rich journeys of patients, caregivers, and family members, at different points in their interactions with hospice services, as their lives are touched by hospice. Those narratives show the audience how our participants are changed by time and experience. The story of Hospice is everyone’s story.


“We consider the documentary a very thoughtful, life-affirming and informative way to let people know about the valuable support that hospice can provide families before and after a death.”
--Dale Johnson, Executive Director, Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County, NY

The video showed how important each of our roles is within our organization... I thought the special feature, Peaches and Bird, was a great addition to the video as well! That really hit home for me as I watched it and listened to the personal interview.”
--Tim Snyder, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Hillcrest Hospice Care,  Bellevue, NE


More about Beets and Beans: Living and Dying with Hospice
Filmed in Ithaca New York and Seattle Washington, this half-hour documentary features a divers cast of all ages interviewed in their homes or hospice settings. Moving and credible interviews supported by true-life events show that the hospice movement can revolutionize our views of dying.
Both of producer Sue Perlgut’s parents were patients of a hospice program and her personal experience led her to tell the story of how hospice can bring peace and dignity to all at the end of life.
Assitant Director/Editor Nils Hoover,
Director of Photography, Christopher Julian,           
Special Feature on the DVD
Peaches and Bird, an original play written by Carol Kammen.
This special feature includes an interview with writer Kammen and scenes from the second half of the play, performed by Leigh Keeley.
This one-woman dramatic piece is about friendship, its loss and about what we learn when we lose something most dear. It’s about how Hospice provide friends with a quality of end-of-life experience. It is also about women’s friendships and death.

About Hospicare
Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, a community resource since 1983, provides hospice care for people of any age with any terminal diagnosis. Additionally, our palliative care service specializes in relief of pain, symptoms, and stress at any point in an illness.
Hospicare & Palliative Care Services is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

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Playwright Carol Kammen is interviewed about "Peaches and Bird" from Sue Perlgut on Vimeo.