Skip to main content

‘A Beautiful Death’ Video Is a Finalist for National Magazine Award

Resource type: News

Consumer Reports | [ View Original Source (opens in new window) ]

By Joel Keehn

Consumer Reports is a finalist for a 2015 National Magazine Award in multimedia, which honors the best in digital storytelling, for its report ‘A Beautiful Death.’

The multimedia package includes an 18-minute video that chronicles the final 38 days of Paul Scheier, a retired dentist from Orchard Park, N.Y., after he chooses to forgo curative treatment for lung cancer. It includes audio clips from his wife, children, friends, and hospice doctor, talking about the emotional and physical issues that emerge as death approaches.  

The report also investigates the forces that have conspired to make death so complicated and often painful in the U.S., and includes findings from a Consumer Reports survey of 2,015 Americans, describing their wishes about the end of their own lives.

Finally, it includes resources to help people caring for a friend or family member, or thinking about their own death, and gives readers an opportunity to share their own stories, good and bad, as they deal with the death of a loved one.

Learn More

> View ‘A Beautiful Death’

This article was originally published on 17 January 2015.

Consumer Reports is an Atlantic grantee.

Related Resources


Aging, Palliative Care

Global Impact:

United States