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A Dying Wish Documentary: A partial fundraiser for KGNU.
Dr. Miller was already receiving hospice services for pain and symptom management when he decided to call a community radio station with an idea for a documentary. He planned to stop fluids and nutrition the next day to shorten his dying process. He wanted others to witness an experience that he was convinced would be positive.

In Dying Wish, we journey with Michael as he takes leave of his family, enjoys a last meal, and the sound of his favorite music. At no point does he complain of either thirst or hunger. Michael's hospice physician comments on the physical aspects of refusing food and water. Medical ethicists address the issue of patient rights, and hospice staff relate their own, similar experiences with others who have made this choice.

Michael Miller was a humble, compassionate physician. Buoyed by the prospect of a documentary that would educate others, he is joyful to the end, dying on the thirteenth day of his fast. His brother, Rodney, also a physician, attends Miller during his dying, amazed at his ability to control the circumstances of his death and maintain dignity.

The documentary runs 30 minutes and will be followed by a talk back session featuring the film makers and some of those featured in the film.

Check the website www.dyingwishmedia.com for a trailer and more information.
Neighborhood Flix Cinema in Denver, Sun at 02:00 PM


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