On Wednesday, May 24 at 6pm, the film “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” will be screened at the Brooksville Free Public Library, followed by a panel discussion.
Being Mortal is based on Atul Gawande’s best-selling book and explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them. The film encourages people to be part of a national conversation that brings medical professionals and community members together around the shared responsibility of discussing what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions and how to have these conversations ahead of a medical crisis.
After the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring three medical professionals with experience working with patients facing terminal illness and their families. The panel includes Barbara Sinclair, a volunteer for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Dr. Susan Ostertag, a local physician who has devoted much of her medical career to the topics of elder care, hospice and end-of-life care, and Anne Ferrara, a volunteer for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County who has sat with many patients and families and led them through the process of filling out their 5 Wishes. A 5 Wishes document will be distributed and explained at this event.
The film and discussion are free and open to everyone. This event is co-sponsored by the Brooksville Free Public Library, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Healthy Peninsula, Healthy Acadia, and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.