6/16/2017 7:28:00 AM End-of-life film screening on June 20 at Minocqua Public Library
Ministry Home Care, part of Ascension at Home, is holding a free community screening of the documentary "Being Mortal" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at the Minocqua Public Library.
Following 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. Local experts in challenges at end-of-life, Dr. Jay Bennett, D.O. and Colette Zunk, MSW, will lead a conversation facilitated by Hospice Chaplain Jennifer LaPorte.
"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 is adapted from Dr. Gawande's 2014 nationally bestselling book of the same name and follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people he encounters.
Dr. Bennett, palliative care and internal medicine physician at Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield and medical director for Ministry Home Care-Hospice, shared the following: "My in-laws sent me a copy of 'Being Mortal' a few years back. Even though I work in hospice and palliative medicine I found Dr. Gawande offered insightful perspective into end-of-life care. This prompted important discussion amongst my family. My hope is these discussions opened dialogue about topics that can be stressful and emotional, but when our family faces predictable or unpredictable situations we have some reference point to turn to for guidance. I also gained a unique appreciation for my parents and other family members and the values they hold most dear."
"Being Mortal" underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.
"Communicating your wishes about how you would want medical decisions to be made are very meaningful discussions,"said Colette Zunk, social worker and community resources staff at Marshfield Clinic Minocqua. "I believe that advance care planning is an important process that needs to be an ongoing discussion with both your healthcare providers and your family members."
This free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. This event is being presented locally in partnership with Ministry Home Care, part of Ascension at Home and Minocqua Public Library,
For more information about this event, contact Randi at Dr. Kate Hospice 800.234.3542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.