WPC Members and Friends Please Join us for a Viewing and Discussion of Being Mortal
Being Mortal is a FRONTLINE public television documentary that explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors who care for them. The film was generously funded by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation.
The documentary tells the story of physician Atul Gawande, who is learning to think about death and dying in the context of being a healer. By sharing stories from the perspective of both physicians and the people and families he encounters, including his own, the documentary sheds new light on how our system – so often focused on a cure – neglects the important conversations that need to happen so that a person’s true priorities can be known and honored at the end.
The stories in Being Mortal show us the value of shared decisionmaking in medicine at the end of life and illustrate the importance of thinking and planning ahead as we reflect on what matters to us most. The stories further reveal the human side of physicians, whose own vulnerabilities, fears and lack of training may impede timely and open discussions with patients. For more information about the documentary, visit http:// www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/being-mortal/ . The documentary is adapted from Gawande’s 2014 nationally bestselling book of the same name. You can find more information about the book at http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/
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