Free Hilo Community Film Screening – “Being Mortal”

Hospice of Hilo, in partnership with Community First, Hilo Medical Center and East Hawaii Independent Physicians Association is holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Saturday June 24, at the William Charles Lunalilo Center–Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus. Doors open at 10am, screening begins at 10:30am.  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.

Atul Gawande, MD bestselling author of Being Mortal

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.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. “Planning is an integral part of everyday existence,” said Community First’s Karen Maedo.  “It is often said that ‘failure to plan is planning to fail’ and who among us plans to fail?  It’s your life; it’s your choice.  Have that meaningful conversation, sharing wishes for your end-of-life.  It is the ultimate act of love and will better enable loved ones to move on without you.”

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information about the free screening, contact Lisa Kwee at (808) 969-1733 or email lisak@hospiceofhilo.org.

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