NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 19, 1978
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(Studio) Scripture from the Bible quoted with regard to death. Report is 1st of 3 on changing attitudes toward death and dying.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Broadway plays "Cold Storage" and "The Shadow Box" mentioned as exs. of dealing openly, even humorously, with death and cancer. Also cited as exs. of dealing with this subject are college and public school classes on it and popularity of book "On Death and Dying", by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Texas public school class on death and dying mentioned. View of people who work with dying that new openness about subject is healthy cited. Details given about program called Hospice, which began in England, and its provisions for care and comfort of the dying; participants in the program are terminal cancer patient, Mrs. Sylvia Puglia, and her nurse/ companion Ellen Kadey. [Mrs. PUGLIA - talks of her ability to make bread despite disease.] Other Hospice participants are New Jersey medical student David Johnson and nurse Betty Muir, who aid Ruth Norley and cancer-stricken husband Walter. [Walter NORLEY - states that most people don't really care how someone feels, despite asking question.] [Ruth NORLEY - describes help she gets from Hospice vols.] Anger as natural reaction to knowledge that someone is dying mentioned. [MUIR - describes feelings behind anger that people exhibit. Says this anger is sometimes directed at Hospice members Isn't depressed by her work; doesn't really know why not, but attempts explanation.] Upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin