Aging & Gerontology


Alzheimer's Caregiving

Body Image

Brain Disorders


Chronic Illness

Cross-Cultural Care

Death & Dying



Family Issues

Gender & Sexuality


Global Health

Grief & Recovery


Maternal & Child Health

Mental Health & Psychology



Pain Management

Sexual Abuse/Violence

Substance Abuse

Suicide/Self Injury

Women's Health

Contact Fanlight

Join Email List

Requests for
Digital Rights

Follow Us! On...

photo A Fate Worse than Death?
By Lori Hope

This film along with a companion film is available on one DVD here.

This engrossing documentary follows several families who must decide whether to withdraw artificial life support from a loved one in a coma or vegetative state. Relatives, doctors, nurses, attorneys and ethicists comment on the complex moral and legal dilemmas such tragedies pose for families, for health providers, and for society as a whole.

50 minutes
© 1990
Purchase $149 VHS
Order No. QA-076
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-076-5

"An absorbing and persuasive program." Media Profiles

Awards & Conference Screenings
Service Award, Sigma Delta Chi
Journalism Award, College of
Health Care Administrators
Regional EMMY winner

Related Films
Dreams and Dilemmas: Follows a couple and their premature twins during six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as it explores ethical dilemmas raised by advances in neonatal medicine.

Refrigerator Mothers: From the 1950's through the 1970's, autism was widely blamed on cold and rejecting mothers. This film explores the devastating impact of this misdiagnosis through the stories of seven mothers and their children.

There Was a Child: Sensitively demonstrates the impact that losing a pregnancy, or the birth of a stillborn child, has had on three mothers and a father.

24/7: Profiles two families exhausted by the struggle to provide all day, every day care for their developmentally disabled adult children at home, while simultaneously battling for the help and resources they need. How long can they do it alone?


Awards & Screenings

Related Films

Web Resources

To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website