Gallatin Valley Circle of Compassion is pleased to host opportunities for the local public to view powerful documentaries that explore the subject of death and dying.  The films are followed by informal discussion and refreshments are served. These events are open to the public and free of charge.

Films we have hosted....

Consider the Conversation

The documentary, Consider the Conversation, is an intimate story about the American struggle with communication and preparation for life's end and includes the perspectives of patients, family members, doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy and national experts from around the country. The documentary does not seek to hand down answers. Rather, it provides something far more important - the questions all of us need to contemplate.


The film premiered in front of a sold out theatrical audience of 755 on 2/5/11, was released on DVD via on 3/1/11, and donated to PBS stations via the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) on 6/18/11.


To date, it has aired 373 times on 163 PBS stations in 30 states and won ten major awards including one for journalistic excellence and four for use of film for social change and viewer impact.

Facing Death

Facing Death, which premiered as a PBS special, is a documentary on end-of-life healthcare choices — written, produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning Miri Navasky and Karen O'Connor. In filming this documentary, the crew gained extraordinary access to The Mount Sinai Medical Center, one of New York's biggest hospitals, to examine the complicated reality of today's modern, medicalized death.

Doctors and nurses struggle to guide families through the maze of end-of-life choices: whether to pull feeding and breathing tubes, when to perform expensive surgeries and therapies or to call for hospice.

The film also offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.

"End Game""


Netflix Video Documentary

"Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth"


This inspirational program is about positive change and action by the bereaved in the aftermath of loss.  It touches the heart of anyone who has experienced loss with stories of people who have found meaning and purpose through loss.

The program offers clinicians tools to support and encourage trans-formative growth in grieving clients and will supply self-help advice for the bereaved.

The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman


An award winning documentary on conscious dying that has helped many families in talking about dying as well as planning for the care of their loved ones through transition. A deeply moving story, it has won International Telly and Accolade awards given for films with compelling social and cultural value. When faced with cancer, Jack made a decision to die with gratitude and consciousness. He lived all over the world and was deeply committed to raising awareness of the global needs for social justice and caring for the earth. His courageous last work, to fully live into dying, became his greatest contribution, an inspiring gift and blessing for everyone around him.


This documentary by Bobby Sheehan, Director/Producer/Writer, addresses the fundamental issues about loving, living, and what makes us human. 


“Mortal” asks the question, “Who wants to talk about death?” The filmmakers believe the answer is nobody- and that’s the problem. By ignoring the elephant in the room you do not make him go away. Life has a way of surprising us and often we put off discussions and decisions until it is too late. Ironically, talking about the end-of-life helps people clarify how they want to live in the here and now – leading to a richer life experience from now until…who knows.

Lately there has been a paradigm shift, with the enormous baby boomer population deciding how they want to live the rest of their lives. “Mortal” addresses this shift in how we view life and death. It celebrates the importance of end-of-life as much as the beginning of life. The filmmakers want to make these conversations as mainstream as decisions regarding financial investing and retirement planning. “Mortal” does just that, by presenting stories that inspire people to engage in defining life choices and decisions that ultimately free us to live our best life fully and fearlessly.



This thought provoking commentary on life profiles Stephen Jenkinson, who teaches that death empowers us to live -- and that we must not only accept death but embrace it. Stephen Jenkinson, a Harvard educated theologian, is one of Canada’s leading palliative care educators.  Helps to change the current American attitude from one that predominantly views end-of-life as a failed medical event to one that sees it as a normal process rich in opportunity for human development.


Exhibits an unparalleled understanding of mortality.  Highlights the truth of the universal experience of death we will all share even if we don’t want to think or talk about it. From the moment we take our first breath, death is our only guaranteed experience. In order to love life, we need to love death.

"Being Mortal"


This film, which premiered in 2015 as a PBS FRONTLINE special, follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande's book, "Being Mortal," the film explores how the medical profession can better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose.


Dr. Gawande takes viewers behind closed doors to witness intimate and heart-breaking end-of-life conversations among doctors, patients and their families. The film looks at the burgeoning art and science of palliative care and the ways in which having a conversation around the question, "What are your priorities if your time is limited?", can empower patients to live their lives fully, all the way to the very end.


Dying To Live

She Conquered Betrayal, AIDS and Death


"Dying to Live" focuses on the near-death experiences of Sharon Lund and includes other interviews with men, women, and children from various backgrounds who have had near-death experiences. These people bring to light the peace, connection, and immense love felt upon death, and show us how to use this information to improve our lives. People on the street are interviewed as well, sharing their views on dying, death, and life.

"Near Death Experiences" -A Documentary

Near death experiences are one of the most interesting topics in the area of death and dying.  This documentary provides an opportunity to listen to those stories of those who have clinically died and then came back to life

What did they see?  How did they feel? Is death something to fear?

Free and open to the public. Refreshments and a discussion after the showing.

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Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort


American medicine's success at fighting disease and extending life has created a new problem. That is, the vast majority of patients can now expect to die in a place (a hospital or nursing home) and in a way (with increased quantity, but reduced quality, of life) that most wouldn't choose if only asked. Talking about dying, which is as natural as birth, is now taboo. And, the reality is patients and families are suffering needlessly. It is a problem we never intended to create and one that must be solved, but how?


This movie explores the effect of American medicine's success on the patient/doctor relationship and sheds light on the important role communication plays in helping both patient and doctor navigate the murky waters of severe chronic disease.



"A Thousand Winds: Survival Stories"


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Gallatin Valley Circle of Compassion is a volunteer group of local community members who are professionally and/or personally touched by the human experience of death and dying.

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