Palliative Care Videos, Books, and Podcasts



Mysteries of the Universe: What is Palliative Care? Okanogan County produced this short funny video to simply explain palliative care.


Offering Palliative Care in Rural Communities This 6 minute introduction to palliative care is first in a planned series and features Gregg VandeKieft, MD, a board certified palliative care physician who serves as medical director for the WA Rural Palliative Care Initiative. Dr. VandeKieft defines palliative care, explains how it differs from both hospice and primary care, discusses teamwork and tells a story about a memorable patient.


Whatcom County Advanced Care Planning Video, “I’ve Got Mine.”
“Whatcom Cares” group produced this short music video to motivate increases in advanced care planning. Song composed by Marie Eaton, Palliative Care Institute at Western WA University.


PBS News Hours presents, A Brief But Spectacular Take on the Importance of Palliative Care in Rural Communities. The short 4 minute video reports on why palliative care is crucial in rural communities from the three perspective of a doctor, social worker and patient/patient family.


A Prescription for Caregivers -- Take Care of Yourself

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This 60-minute video by Wendy Lustbader is suitable for family caregivers as well as professionals. Wendy is addressing a group of caregivers, exploring the dilemmas of giving and receiving care. Laughter and tears accompany the stories Wendy tells, and the audience responds with many insightful remarks. Support groups say the video stimulates much helpful discussion.


Kind Hands -- Assisting Vulnerable Adults


In this 60 minute video, Wendy is speaking to a group of home health aides and CNA's who work in nursing homes. Part I covers the vulnerabilities which people tend to feel when they become dependent, and Part II covers the ways in which helpers may occasionally take advantage of those vulnerabilities. The aim is preventing abuse and promoting kindness. is the patient and family website sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care (CAPC). The site hosts video stories.


CAPC also hosts video podcasts on



Ira Byock, MD has written a number of books that are relevant to palliative care.


His titles include:
Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life
The Best Care Possible
The Four Things that Matter Most

He co-authored:
Palliative and End-of-Life Pearls by John E. Heffner, MD and Ira Byock, MD


A Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life's End by Jana Staton, Roger W. Shuy and Ira Byock, MD


Wendy Lustbader, MSW, LMHC is the author of several books and essays that have earned her a national reputation in the field of aging and is attuned to how illness impacts family relationships.

Her titles include:
Counting on Kindness: The Dilemmas of Dependency
What’s Worth Knowing,
co-author of Taking Care of Aging Family Members


Atul Gawande wrote the classic Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.


Physician Rachel Naomi Remen, MD has written two books to remind us of the power of kindness and how to connect through illness and healing.
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal
My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging




NPR's Fresh Air Reimagining Dementia, May 21, 2019. Terry Gross interviewed psychiatrist and ethicist Tia Powell on her new book called Reimagining Dementia. Read the transcript or listen to the recording.

Palliative Care- More Than Just Hospice, June 7, 2022. An interview with Karla Weng, Senior Program Manager for Stratis Health, and Pat Justis, Director of the Washington State Office of Rural Health, who share their work on an initiative to expand access to palliative care in rural communities in Washington State, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The LACNETS Podcast -What is Palliative Care and How Does This Relate to NET: Palliative Care physician Dr. Chandana Banerjee of City of Hope shares insights and tips on communication, coping, and managing grief and loss. (Podcast Transcript)