LIFE Before Death short films

We All Belong

Ellis Paul is one of our favorite songwriters and he wrote the song We All Belong for Treat the Pain and for use in the film LIFE Before Death. This is a short video set to the song.

Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence exposes the needless implementation gap responsible for the suffering of millions of people around the world today.

Quality of Life

Quality of Life tells the story of cancer patient Lorraine from San Diego to demonstrate the how medications like morphine can resurrect the lives of patients living with severe pain.

Pain, Pain Go Away

Pain, Pain Go Away is the story of breast cancer patient Paula whose intense 10 out of 10 neuropathic pain landed her in an intensive care unit, curled up in a ball, crying.


Opiophobia addresses the very serious consequences surrounding the fear to use opiate medications, such as morphine, for fear of addiction by health workers and patients alike.

What is pain?

This film discusses the technical definition of pain and the impact it can have on a person's total well being through its deterioration of an individual's autonomy.

Torture in Health Care

Various leaders in the fields of pain control and palliative care debate whether torture is actually taking place in health services around the world.


HIV/AIDS can be an extremely painful condition and a crisis exists in delivering essential life-saving medicines to patients in need.

Cancer Pain

Cancer is among the most feared diseases and the problem of cancer pain is an escalating problem worldwide.

Morphine: Demand and Supply

Millions of people are dying with pain everyday around the world and part of the reason they are not receiving treatment is due to a lack of commercial incentive for big pharmaceutical companies.

Dependence vs. Addiction

Prolonged use of opioid medications is likely to cause physical dependence in patients and that this is a natural physiological response that should not be feared or stigmatized.

Back to School

Pain education is a not a priority for medical schools in many parts of the world, leaving health workers without the skills to care for patients in pain.

Politics of Pain

Outdated policies often keep effective pain relief out of reach of patients who need it.

Pain Control in Georgia

Learn about the introduction of palliative care services in Georgia and some of the challenges faced in getting essential pain medicines into the hands of patients who need them.

Nurse in the House

Innovative health policies in Uganda allow nurses to prescribe oral morphine in the homes of patients.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is widespread and debilitating. It is classified as a disease, not a symptom.

Pain in China

Widespread cultural fear of the use of opioids in China and other parts of Asia often means that pain is treated with a variety of traditional Chinese medicine techniques rather than with essential medicines.

Morphine: A Little Goes Long Way

Discover how inexpensive essential pain medicines like morphine are to produce and why this low cost actually presents a barrier to access for many around the world.

Pain Control: Fight for the Right

Learn how health leaders worldwide are lobbying for pain control to be classified as a fundamental human right for all.

Drug Policy: Finding a Balance

There is a problem with the abuse of prescription pain medications - particularly in the United States - however a balance needs to be stuck to ensure that policing of this type of diversion does not limit access to essential pain medications for patients in need of them around the world.

Pediatric Palliative Care

Barriers to pediatric palliative care are very complex and pain in children is often under treated. Providing good care is crucial to the quality of life for the child but support needs to extend to the whole family.

Opium: Sinner or Saint

Opium can be used both for great good and misused to cause great harm. A balanced approach must be adopted to assess its overall usefulness to society.

Ripple Effect

Explore the very real and dangerous consequences of untreated pain for patients and their families.

Together We Are Stronger

Discusses the burden of untreated cancer pain and how the collective action required to solve the problem is likely to bring about a broader positive social change that will benefit us all.

What is Pain?

Learn about the technical definition of pain and the impact it can have on a person's total well being through its deterioration of an individual's autonomy.

What is Palliative Care?

Discover the nuances that best describe and define the life-changing practice of palliative care.

The D Word

Talk about the D word- Death. Learn about different cultures and how they perceive death and why there is so much fear around discussing it.

Faith & Dying

Discover how different belief systems inform the nature of the end of life experience and how hospice and palliative care services can offer essential spiritual support.

Care Beyond Cure

Learn the importance of good care beyond cure, where illness cannot be cured and patients need good quality care when they are facing end of life.

Delivering Dignity

Understand the importance of pain control in delivering dignity at the end of life for patients and their families in Africa.