Beginning With The End

Beginning With The End

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Pictured: Student Lenandra with Hospice patient Ada


A group of high school students from the Harley School are given the unusual and extraordinary opportunity to work as trained hospice volunteers.

Beginning With The End, a documentary following the experiences of teacher Bob Kane and a group of 16-18 year-old high school students who have enrolled in his Hospice Class at the Harley School in Rochester, NY, makes its television premiere on Tuesday, August 18 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Directed by Emmy Award-winning Rochester filmmaker David Marshall, the film follows the Hospice teacher and a select group of his students, as he teaches them skills such as how to fluff a pillow, how to turn a person from his/her back to his/her side and how to give a simple therapeutic massage.

The importance of connecting with other human beings is the ultimate life lesson in this class as we watch the students’ progression from trepid teenagers to confident caregivers learning how to manage their fears. As the year progresses, students become comfortable with their volunteer job and fears are quickly erased as the teenagers enter the comfort care homes and bond with the dying patients. 

Beginning With The End gives an intimate view into the lives and work of the students during their unique and transformative year as hospice volunteers, as they learn not only practical skills, but also the important of living in the moment since nothing in life is insignificant. To learn more about this film, visit: