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End of life program planned in Edgeley

JSSP Events and Happenings

The community is invited to attend a free screening of portions of the documentary “Being Mortal” from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 305 5th Ave., Edgeley. This event is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required for the event, which is sponsored by Hospice of the Red River Valley.

After the screening, attendees 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 practice 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 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 decisions.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so, according to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit https://to.pbs.org/2K4S6U7. The film is adapted from Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/ .

Hospice of the Red River Valley is an independent, not-for-profit hospice serving more than 30 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota .

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