"Being Mortal" screenings spark discussion of end-of-life issues

Photo of Dr. Atul Gawande
Across the country, the Hospice Foundation of America is sponsoring screenings of the PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal, followed by a discussion of the end-of-life issues raised by the film. Central Rappahannock Regional Library and Mary Washington Hospice are partnering to bring this national conversation to the Fredericksburg area.
Being Mortal Screening & Panel Discussion
Being Mortal  is an exploration of the practice of caring for the dying in our society, and is based on the best-selling book by physician Dr. Atul Gawande. The film follows Gawande as he thinks about death and dying in the context of being a healer. The renowned writer and Boston surgeon shares stories about experiences at the end of life from patients and his own family. 
CooperTuesday, April 182:00-4:00 p.m.
England RunWednesday, May 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
HeadquartersWednesday, May 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Salem Church, Saturday, June 3, 11:00 a.m.-1:00  p.m.
Screenings will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local health providers.
Panelists for the April 18 discussion are:
  • William R. Anderson, Jr., MD, HMDC, Medical Director MW Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Dr. Wayland Marks, Geriatric Medicine (Family Medicine)
  • Valerie Hopson-Bell, BA, CMC, Geriatric Care Manager, Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Jamie N. Frazier, MSW - Supervisor of Counseling Services - Mary Washington Hospice
The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project is a national movement focused on helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Representatives from Mary Washington Hospice will share information on this movement which is helping people discuss and document their end-of-life wishes. You'll learn how to begin a conversation and how to help others address end-of-life preferences.

CooperTuesday, April 252:00-3:30 p.m.
England RunMonday, June 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Salem ChurchWednesday, June 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
HeadquartersThursday, June 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.