Hunterdon Hospice and Independence Manor of Flemington are holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on April 6, 2017. The program will be held at Independence Manor located 188 Route 31 North (behind BJs) in Flemington, New Jersey. A light dinner will be served at 5:30pm and the program begins at 6pm. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.
“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practicing of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.
“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.
The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/
The free screening is made possible by a grant from the The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.