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Hospice Buffalo Featured in Netflix Series on the End of Life

Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Hospice Buffalo, visits hospice patients in their homes and discusses their end-of-life experiences. (Credit: Netflix)

The impact of end-of-life experiences (ELEs) is a key focus of a new Netflix series, “Surviving Death.” The fifth episode of this docuseries highlights the work of Dr. Christopher Kerr and his research team, who have studied the effects of ELEs on people with serious illness and their caregivers.

Dr. Kerr is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, a valued member of our Coalition and parent organization of Hospice Buffalo. Dr. Kerr wrote Death Is But a Dream, an examination of ELEs, based on his experience with hospice patients and their families in Buffalo, NY.

“Surviving Death” is a six-part series that explores the end of life through personal stories and research on near-death experiences. The fifth episode documents Dr. Kerr’s conversations with hospice patients of all ages who report seeing and interacting with deceased loved ones. These experiences can offer comfort for people as they near the end of life and, in turn, for their caregivers and loved ones.

“We’ve done studies of hundreds of bereaved people and it’s very clear that what is good for the patient is good for the loved ones, and it absolutely soothes them in grief,” Dr. Kerr explains during an interview for the series.

“Surviving Death” is now available to stream on Netflix here. For more information on Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, click here. You can also learn more about the work of Dr. Kerr and his fellow researchers by clicking here.

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