Apr 26, 2017

Film Explores End-of-Life Care


LEXINGTON, N.C. (April 26, 2017)Hospice of Davidson County will host a free community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” May 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Rittling Conference Center, on the campus of Davidson County Community College. After the screening, interested 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 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 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 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. 

The free screening and discussion is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America and sponsored by TaylorTrain and Younts Insurance. 

Marilyn Taylor of TaylorTrain will be leading the discussion panel including; Hospice of Davidson County Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer L. Davis; Lexington Internal Medicine Primary Care Physician, Dr. Terry Arnold; Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Chaplin, Cyrus Bush and Wake Forest Baptist Health Palliative Care Coordinator, Keya Eaton.

Due to limited availability, registration for the free event is required and can be completed at HospiceOfDavidson.org.

For more information on the free screening and discussion, visit HospiceOfDavidson.org, Facebook or call (336) 475-5444.

About Hospice of Davidson County:
For more than 30 years, Hospice of Davidson County has been a recognized leader in the advancement of quality end-of-life care across the Piedmont Triad region. Each day, the ACHC accredited agency provides comfort for more than 120 patients and their families, in a variety of locations, including private homes, in long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House, the only inpatient hospice facility in Davidson County. Hospice of Davidson County is a United Way of Davidson County partner agency. For more information, please visit HospiceofDavidson.org or Facebook.


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