Beginning With the End

Watch the trailer for David Marshall's documentary film about a hospice class in Rochester, New York, where students learn to care for dying. 

Photograph by Brigitte Bouvier

High school seniors at The Harley School in Rochester, New York, have the option of taking a class called “Hospice.” Most who sign up for it don’t know what they’re in for. And none of them forget the experience when it’s over.

David Marshall is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who followed the hospice class for two years. In his documentary, Beginning with the End, the question Marshall seeks to answer is: Can empathy be taught?

This web extra provides additional information related to an article titled, “A Matter of Death and Life,” which appeared in the February 2014 issue of Mindful magazine.