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Nonprofits help the dying make farewell videos

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The farewell video is evolving. A dying person who wants to leave a recording of memories and advice no longer has to talk to an unmanned camera on a tripod or a videographer who also does weddings and bar mitzvahs. Nonprofits are offering emotional and technical support to people with a terminal diagnosis who want to record a video. Their clients, usually cancer-stricken parents with young children, get the service free. The patients are interviewed, sometimes by health professionals, and coached about how to convey their memories of the past and advice for the future. The moviemakers understand that interviews might have to be scheduled around chemotherapy sessions. Hospitals, nursing homes and social workers say patients who go through the process are happy with the result.

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