View from the Inside

People are like kaleidoscopes...they can only be truly seen when viewed from the inside

How often have we all assumed that we know what a particular situation must be like, or how someone in that situation must feel?

As the name implies, the "View from the Inside" video collection truly presents an insider's view into various life experiences.  Although interviews with professionals are included, the emphasis is on the real experts: those who are experiencing these situations.  They share their feelings about what it's truly like to have a physical disability, to be an older adult, to be the daughter of a woman with Alzheimer's disease, to have a terminal illness, and to grieve.  

People in life-changing situations often feel isolated, misunderstood and unsupported.  Their stories, which are the heart of the "View from the Inside" collection, can help us all to better understand, accept and support one another. 

The collection includes:

You're Never Over Love . . . A Continuing Story
Just Ordinary Days . . . Personal Reflections on Living and Dying
Old Woman
Alzheimer's Disease - The Journey Within
Older Adults
Physical Disabilities

More About the "View from the Inside" Video Collection:

  • "You’re Never Over Love . . . A Continuing Story 2003, 49 minutes  In a previous video in the "View from the Inside" collection, Cindy – a 47-year-old woman with terminal cancer – shared her feelings about what it was like to live in the face of death. Now, three years later, the people who were closest to her present the next chapter in her story. Supported by health care professionals and members of the clergy, Cindy’s family members and friends talk about what her loss has meant to them, how they are coping with that loss, and most importantly, how they have found ways to keep her in their lives. Although each person mourns a separate loss and travels through the grief journey on a separate path, all eventually reach the same conclusion: that contrary to societal dictates, you can maintain a connection to your loved one and still resolve your grief.



“View from the Inside: You’re Never Over Love . . . A Continuing Story” is a warm and wonderful video. A continuation of Cindy’s story, it reaffirms that even death only changes relationships; it does not end them. This video sensitively portrays some of the freshest insights on grief, especially emphasizing the continuing bonds that still link us to our loved ones. It would not only be helpful to professionals, but also a comfort to those in the midst of grief.” 
Dr. Kenneth Doka, PhD Senior Consultant – The Hospice Foundation of America


  • "Just Ordinary Days . . . Personal Reflections on Living and Dying"   
    2001, two versions available: 4-part, 120 minutes - for health care/hospice professionals, medical students, staff training; 
    58 minutes: condensed version - for all viewers  This powerful video, as much about living as it is about dying, focuses on Cindy, a 47-year-old woman in the final stages of cancer. Through her unique insights, remarkable courage, and inspiring attitude, Cindy helps viewers see the specialness of “just ordinary days,” and leads them through an incredible journey towards acceptance. Then, in a moving culmination, Cindy shares some of the life lessons she has learned, giving viewers a rare and precious gift . . . one that will not only impact how we face death, someday . . . but how we face life, today.

“This is a powerful video – reminiscent of ‘Tuesdays with Morrie.’ It reminds us that there can be meaningful life, even as we die. This is a great teaching tool – a true find.”
Dr. Kenneth Doka, PhD Senior Consultant – The Hospice Foundation of America

…"This videotape gets a '5 Star Rating' out of a possible 5 for its content and presentation. It is indeed one of the best films I have ever seen on the dying and death process.” Chaplain Paul Durbin, PhD, Director of Pastoral Care (ret.) Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

“...absorbing... Addressing the subject of death in a realistic and frank manner that's also sensitive, this program would be especially instructive for medical professionals and caregivers and inspirational to the terminally ill and their families. Highly recommended.” Video Librarian Magazine

  • “Old Woman”  1997, 4 minutes  While looking through her photo album, an old woman reminisces about her life.  As she relives her many memories from childhood through the present, she poignantly refers to the cruelty of nature and the too-fast passing of time.  Urging others to look beyond her aging exterior and see the young girl still inside, this short but moving narrative is a powerful tribute to the vibrancy and agelessness of the human spirit.




“ open your eyes, open and see, not a crabby old woman … look closer - see me!”
Mae, from “Old Woman” video

  • "Alzheimer’s Disease – The Journey Within" 1996, 20 minutes  Presented on PBS, Alzheimer's Disease-The Journey Within takes the viewer through a daughter's deepest feelings, written in a journal, as she watches her mother go through the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease, and shows how those feelings eventually lead her to experience a profound change within herself.  This is a unique production in many ways: in its rich symbolism and beautiful imagery . . . in its positive message that Alzheimer’s disease is not an end, but a beginning . . . and in its primary intended audience: family members in the beginning stages of caregiving, who need to know, perhaps more than any other group, that they are not alone.




"An excellent video, both substantively and esthetically . . . it would be appropriate for sensitizing caregiving staff in facilities and/or home care settings to the intense emotions of family members.”
"The Gerontologist," a publication of The Gerontological Society of America

  • "Older Adults" 1995, 21 minutes    This delightful and heartwarming video captures the essence of what it really means to be "old." While not ignoring such realities of aging as declining health and loneliness, this surprisingly positive video focuses on the majority of older adults--those who are living happy, healthy and independent lives--and challenges viewers to rethink their attitudes and beliefs about growing old. Narrated on camera in storytelling fashion by an older adult himself, this is a loving testimonial to all older adults, both current and future.

“Dispels the stereotypes and fears too many of us have of growing old. A useful teaching tool and discussion device for patients, health professionals, and students. An uplifting experience.”
Cathryn Devons, MD, MPH Director, Geriatrics Medical Education The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York

“This videotape should be shown to every gerontology student on the first day of class!”
James A. Thorson, Chairman Department of Gerontology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

“This video is for anyone who knows, is, or plans to be an older adult.”
Betty G. Foster, PhD Gerontologist, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • "Physical Disabilities" 1994, 19 minutes  In this enlightening video, two young people with disabilities express their feelings about what having a disability is, and perhaps more importantly, what it is not, and help viewers understand that other people's attitudes are often the biggest barriers they face.  In addition to relating these personal experiences, the video offers practical guidelines for language and behavior within the workplace, and dispels many commonly held misconceptions about disabilities prevalent in our society today.

“The physical barriers are many...but I think attitudinal barriers are...more difficult.”
Danny, from “Physical Disabilities” video “ 

..."Employers sometimes don't look at you as a person..they look at the chair before they look at you.”
Terri, from “Physical Disabilities” video

“You just need to be given a chance...”
Danny, from “Physical Disabilities” video.