The Sandwich Generation – A Documentary

A short documentary by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi
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Below is Living with Herbie, the second part of this emotionally charged account of family caregiving (split into 4 videos).

If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to watch the original documentary, The Sandwich Generation, further down on the page.

In both parts of this documentary, filmmakers, Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi, expose their personal lives with unflinching candor, as they uproot their family in order to move cross-country to care for Winokur’s father, Herbie, and then follow up with the family a year later.

Did You Know?

  • The Family Leave Act allows anyone to take time off from work in case of a family crisis, including care of an elderly parent, and still retain one’s job.
    Family and Medical Leave Act
  • In some states you can collect unemployment benefits if you leave a job in order to care for a sick family member, including an elderly parent.
    Unemployment Benefits Website

The filmmaker of The Sandwich Generation, Ed Kashi, had this to say about Barb’s Blog on his website: 

A Beautiful Reaction from Motherrr’s Blog

“I know that when my dad was dying and we were all there holding his hand and talking to him up until the end, my oldest girlfriend and I promised that we’d be there for each other and would hold each other’s hands…not really thinking through the practicality of not both being able to do that!”

She wrote this in reaction to The Sandwich Generation, and her revelation is touching to say the least.  Any discussion, reflection, or learning experience brought away from our work is a validation of all the effort spent on it.  This paragraph is so heartwarming because it’s moments like these that make us really cherish what’s around us.  She concludes her post understanding that time spent with aging parents can be a gift, and that there is an ongoing life lesson in every affair.

…read this astonishingly candid blog.  The insights that can be found there really are worth the time, if only to remember how important family can be.