Dr. Christopher Kerr

Hospice physician.
End-of-life researcher.
Acclaimed author of Death Is But a Dream.

Death Is But a Dream, based on Dr. Kerr’s extensive research with hospice patients and their families in Buffalo, NY, highlights and validates the powerful dreams and visions often experienced at end of life that bring comfort and meaning to the dying process.

Bringing Illumination to End of Life

Dr. Kerr and the research team at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo have spent years researching the impact of end-of-life experiences on hospice patients and their families. By understanding the nature of these experiences and the role they play in the dying process, Dr. Kerr and his team are working to improve the quality of hospice care in Buffalo and beyond.

Dr. Kerr’s Featured Events

Where to Watch the Documentary

WORLD Channel premiered Death Is But a Dream in April 2021.

Carried by 176 public television member stations across the U.S., WORLD Channel – formerly PBS World – explores the issues and personal stories that shape our world, with a focus on the best of public media in news, documentaries and programming.

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Death Is But a Dream –
A Public Television Documentary Event

Dr. Kerr and his research team are featured in a national, public television documentary.

Titled Death Is But a Dream, the one-hour special highlights the team’s scientific approach to better understand the dying process. Featuring compelling firsthand accounts from patients and families about their end-of-life experiences (ELEs) — along with commentary from Dr. Kerr, researchers, and more – the program examines the dying process through the perspective of patients whose dreams and visions towards end of life recount loss and love, grief and comfort, and life-affirming meaning.

April 2021 – Read the announcement on the documentary’s nationwide distribution →

February 2021 – Read the announcement on the national premiere →


End Well

Take 10 Presented by End Well

Dr. Kerr joined several other renowned speakers in a virtual event to talk about and share stories regarding grief and loss, caregiving, end of life, social isolation and mental health. Speakers included:

  • Dr. Kerr
  • Atul Gawande
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Justin Baldoni
  • Maria Shriver
  • Soledad O’Brien
  • And many more

Watch Dr. Kerr’s presentation to find inspiration and learn more about the human experience of illness.

Learn more about End Well at endwellproject.org →


TEDx Buffalo


Watch the TEDxBuffalo talk, "I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying," to hear Dr. Kerr’s perspective on ELEs.

About Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo

Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo is committed to providing palliative and end-of-life care, holistic support, advocacy and education to those impacted by serious illness and loss. Located in Buffalo, New York, we are the first and one of the largest non-profit hospice and palliative care organizations in the nation, caring for over 1,000 individuals daily throughout Erie County.

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