Yolo Hospice is holding a screening of the PBS Frontline film Being Mortal followed by facilitated discussion at the Margaret McDowell Manor on November 2nd at 1 pm. All are invited to attend and join this thought-provoking conversation around end-of-life wishes. Anyone interested can RSVP to Yolo Hospice at (530) 601-5778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is part of a national conversation centered around Being Mortal. Yolo Hospice has held over 30 events locally, reaching more than 1,500 people. Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, Being Mortal is a PBS Frontline film exploring the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them. Each screening of Being Mortal is followed by an in-depth discussion led by medical and clinical professionals of the Sacramento Valley. These events encourage participants to think about their own end of life wishes, and to put those wishes into writing.
The Being Mortal Project has helped increase awareness nationally about the importance of having an advance directive. Nationally, 91% of participants reported after viewing that they had a better understanding of issues around dying and end-of-life care. Surveys taken at the local screenings indicated that 97% found the experience to be helpful.