Seven Songs for a Long Life

PBS Premiere: Jan. 30, 2017Check the broadcast schedule »

Take Action

  • Volunteer as someone who can listen, talk, cook, make crafts or bring music to hospices, rehab centers, convalescent homes and/or hospitals.
  • Create a booth for local fairs to distribute information about local end-of-life choices and making wills. Consider inviting legal professionals and notaries to donate services and help staff the booth.
  • One thing in the film that helps people cope with fear is to make plans and prepare for likely events. Use the film to make a checklist of things that might worry you and, together with family and caregivers, make your own plans in the event of terminal illness for:
    • pain management
    • limited mobility
    • loss of independence/ability to care for self
    • financial security of surviving family (and, in the case of minor children, who will take guardianship)
    • medical directives (e.g., do not resuscitate orders)
    • funeral arrangements
  • If you don't already have one, write a will (or make sure your existing will is current).
  • Hold a fundraising concert for a local hospice. Invite hospice residents and staff to suggest their favorite tunes for inclusion in the program.
  • Engage policymakers in a conversation about the government's role in establishing public policy that eases end-of-life decisions and funds end-of-life and palliative care options.
  • Contribute to the #MyLastSong initiative by selecting your song, then recording a video and uploading it to the film website:
  • Screen the film and host a workshop on end-of-life planning after the film using the workshop guide available with the educational edition of the film, which you can purchase here:
  • Lead the audience engagement workshop created by the director of Seven Songs for a Long Life. The workshop aims to use the energy created from the film to power audience members' individual reflections. A short animation explaining the workshop is available here: The workshop asks audience members to discuss the following questions in pairs:
    • What counts as a good day for you?
    • What values, or qualities, in your own life would you like to be remembered for (your legacy)?
    • What do you do at the moment that shows those values?
    • Imagine you have been given a life-limiting diagnosis. Would you change what you do?