Self-portrait by Mary Jo Steger. 

Stage Four: A Love Story was filmed over the course of five-plus years while Mary Jo and her family rode the emotional roller coaster of her precious last years of life. Almost four years later, the Stage Four Team, siblings Benjamin Steger (Director/Producer) and Kate Steger (Outreach and Marketing Coordinator), intend to contribute to and manage this blog as a way of generating support for and to dialog with others in similar circumstances. We are interested in thoughtful and articulate contributions that enrich our collective understanding of sickness and health, love and forgiveness, life and death, and in the role that film, and other art forms, can play in helping us reflect on and tell even our most difficult stories.

We welcome your voice in this dialog! Please feel free to leave your comments below each post. If you would like to make a longer contribution in the form of an essay, a poem, a photograph or another work of art, or if you have suggested links to other online reading material or resources, please contact us


5 Terrific Resources For Hospice and Caregiver Support

We only have five days left in Stage Four: A Love Story's Indiegogo campaign, so we'd thought we'd share 5 great resources for hospice and caregiver support. Please share the post and support the film with a donation if you can. It's tax deductible and helps to ensure that this important documentary will be shared with folks all over the world! Thank you! - The Stage Four: A Love Story Team. 

1) National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization leads and mobilizes social change for improved care at the end of life. 

Mary Jo and George in Stage Four: A Love Story

Mary Jo and George in Stage Four: A Love Story

2) Hospice Foundation of America provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it. 


3) Family Caregiver Alliance  illuminates the caregivers' daily challenges to better the lives of caregivers nationally, provide them the assistance they need and deserve, and champion their cause through educationservicesresearch and advocacy.

4) Caregiver Action Network works to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.

5) Livestrong Foundation What Cancer Means for Caregivers can give you the information and support you need to provide the best care for your loved one.