Nobody wants to talk about death and dying, but that is what our new, life-changing documentary does. It breaks the silence. It starts people talking.

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The Nurse with The Purple Hair

always starts discussions. The first of its kind. It's perfect for hospice nurses, employees, volunteers, families of hospice patients, chaplains, social workers... virtually any forum which wants to enlighten people about the purpose, power and potential of hospice care, the best kept secrets in modern medicine.


How do you talk to your parent about dying? Or your spouse? How do you tell your children? Your grandchildren? How do you talk to your doctor about dying with dignity? How about a Living Will? An Advance Care Directive? What is Unfinished Business?
These are just a small sampling of the thought-provoking questions and lively conversations from audiences after screenings.

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The Nurse with the Purple Hair is now available streaming on or digital download

The Conversation Project is a public engagement initiative with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to have every person’s wishes for end-of-life care expressed and respected.

Too many people die in a manner they would not choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.

It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves.

We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late.

Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes, and those of our loved ones, are both expressed and respected. The Conversation Project offers tools, guidance, and resources to begin talking with loved ones about your and their wishes.

Five Wishes is the most trusted resource for people who want to plan for care in advance of a health crisis. The Five Wishes advance directive document has been distributed by over 40,000 organizations and has reached over 30 million individuals, and Five Wishes has grown into a comprehensive program with robust tools for healthcare providers, businesses, communities, as well as individuals and families.

Learn more about advance care planning with Five Wishes Program.


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THE NURSE WITH THE PURPLE HAIR is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of THE NURSE WITH THE PURPLE HAIR must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only. The value of THE NURSE WITH THE PURPLE HAIR DVD is $20. Any contribution above that amount is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.