When researching the film I referred to several books, articles, websites and films, some of which are listed below in the hope that others may find them helpful. There is also some useful information on palliative care organisations should you need to get in touch with them.


Kathryn Mannix, With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial, William Collins, 2017

Ranjana Srivastava, Tell Me the Truth: Conversations with My Patients About Cancer, Life and Death, Penguin, 2014

Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End, Picador, 2014

Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, Penguin, 2007

Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Penguin, 2002

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, On Death & Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy & Their Own Families, Scribner, Reprint edition 2014

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death?, Vintage, 2016

Henry Marsh, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery, W&N, 2014

Siddhartha Mukherjee, Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Fourth Estate, 2011

Sr. Agnes Panikulam, Counseling & Palliative Care: A Handbook for Counselors, CanSupport publication, 2008,

The Little Book on Hands-on Palliative Care for Nurses, CanSupport publication,

Palliative Care is Special Care, CanSupport publication,


Ankur Paliwal, The long days and fleeting friendships of a palliative care worker. Sep 03, 2016,

Ankur Paliwal, Too little, too late: Why palliative care is vastly inadequate in India. Oct 18, 2016,

TK Devasia, God’s own country: Kerala is the best place to die in India. Oct 21, 2015,

Divya Khosla, Firuza D Patel, and Suresh C Sharma, Palliative Care in India: Current Progress and Future Needs. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 2012 Sep-Dec; 18(3): 149–154

V. Jain, Palliative care in India: Trials, tribulations, and future prospects. Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, 2018;23:55-8. Available from:

MR Rajagopal, The Current Status of Palliative Care in India, Cancer Control, 2015. Available from:


Hospital (1970), by Frederick Wiseman

Near Death (1989), by Frederick Wiseman

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Facing Death (2003), by Stefan Haupt

The English Surgeon (2007), by Geoffrey Smith

Chemo (2009), by Pawel Lozinski

Sofia’s Last Ambulance (2012), by Ilian Metev

Hotline (2015), by Silvina Landesman

Twilight of a Life (2015), by Sylvain Biegeleisen

palliative care organisations

CanSupport, New Delhi / India,

Helpline: +91 11 4101 0539

PALCARE, Mumbai / India

Helpline: +91 808 211 0073 / +91 777 494 7281

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