Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  57 minutes
Date:  1998
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: College/Adult/Professional
Color/BW:  Color
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Grief in America

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A comprehensive look at how our culture deals with loss in all its forms.

Grief in America

This video takes an honest and comprehensive look at how our culture deals with loss in all its forms. Interviews with a number of nationally recognized authorities on the grieving process examine, among other things, some common myths about grieving, the importance of social supports, the impact of ethnic traditions regarding grief, and the social costs of unresolved grieving.

The documentary also includes the moving stories of seven individuals who have experienced losses both from anticipated causes such as progressive disease, and from unexpected causes including heart attack, murder and suicide.

'A comprehensive look at grief and how our society deals with grief. Very helpful information presented in an understandable and realistic way.' -Jereva Christiansen, Volunteer Training, Individualized Hospice

'An excellent video that covers different ethnicities and customs, as well as general characteristics of grief and dying.' -Deb Getty, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

'An excellent macro view of grieving in a death-denying society. One of the best available films utilizing an omni-approach to a hidden topic.' -Tom Bruce, Sacramento City College


** Best Staff Education Video, New
** England Center for Loss and Transition
** Gold in Education, International CINDY Awards
** American Society on Aging
** Hospice Foundation of America
** Bronze, National Health Information Awards


Main credits

Atkinson, Bert (screenwriter)
Atkinson, Bert (film director)
Atkinson, Bert (film producer)
Edwards, Anthony (narrator)

Other credits

Original music, Craig Harris; photographer, Bill Aron; camera, Easter Xua [and 3 others]; online editor, Jim Sevin.

Distributor credits

Bert Atkinson

Bert Atkinson
Narrated by Anthony Edwards

Docuseek2 subjects

Grief and Recovery
Death and Dying

Distributor subjects

Closed Captioned
Cross-Cultural Issues
Death and Dying
Fanlight Collection
Grief and Recovery
Social Work


documentary; film; video; psychology; psychological; psychiatry; psychiatric; mental health; behavior; therapy ; grieving ; grief; loss; recovery; bereavement; coping; end-of-life care; end of life; terminal illness; caregiver; caregiving; ; death; dying; "Grief in America"; The Fanlight Collection

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