Free Screening of “Being Mortal”
Fort Wayne’s Visiting Nurse is hosting a free screening of the PBS program “Being Mortal” on November 1 at 6:00 p.m. The screening will be held at the Visiting Nurse’s Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center at 5920 Homestead Road. 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 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” emphasizes the importance of 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 in reality, most Americans die in hospitals or institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know that they should discuss end-of-life decisions, yet only twenty-seven percent actually do so. These end-of-life conversations are necessary to make sure your loved ones are well-aware of your wishes and that these wishes are honored at your death.
In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on PBS. This free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. Visiting Nurse is joined by Aging and In-Home Services to present this screening. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Director of Communications Bonnie Blackburn-Penhollow at (260) 435-3212 or visit their website.