Being Mortal documentary and Discussion Presented by Lutheran Hospital
The public is welcome to join Lutheran Hospital for a screening and discussion of the end-of-life documentary “Being Mortal,” April 17 from 7-9 p.m. and April 18 from noon-2 p.m. Panelists from Lutheran Hospital and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home will discuss the issues raised by the film. The presentation offers continuing medical education credits for medical professionals. Register online at LutheranHealth.net/education.
“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 is diagnosed with 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. National Healthcare Decisions Week is April 16-22. On April 20, there will be information available at Lutheran Hospital in the cafeteria and main lobby for those interested in learning more about advance care planning. This important event is sponsored by Aging and In-Home Services, the Hospice Foundation of America and Lutheran Hospital.
The April 18 screening will be in Lutheran Hospital’s Special Function Rooms 2 and 3 inside the cafeteria, while the April 19 screening will be in Lutheran’s Kachmann Auditorium on the lower level of Medical Office Building Two, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the south side of the Lutheran Hospital campus. Free parking is available in the south parking garage.
For more information contact:
Director of Communications
5910 Homestead Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46814
Office phone: (260) 435-3212