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Passing On

Airs Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Deceased. Departed. Passed away. No matter how you say it, it happens to all of us.

More than two and a half million people will die in the United States this year. One big difference between the quality of those deaths is where they occur.

At home surrounded by family and loved ones, or in the Intensive Care Unit hooked up to pulsing machines with blinking lights.

The difference usually comes down to whether you passed on your dying wishes before passing on.

Death is as much a part of human existence as is life, yet it remains a mysterious, often taboo subject.

“Passing On,” a new documentary from Arizona Public Media, explores end-of-life through a series of compelling and sensitive stories that will engage you emotionally and provide you with valuable information.

Narrated by Scott Simon, host of NPR’s "Weekend Edition Saturday."

RELATED: Resources for End of Life Care

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