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"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. Screenings will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local health providers.

Salem Church, Saturday, June 3, 11:00 a.m.-1:00  p.m.

June 3 Panelists:

  • 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
  • Jennifer Moore, MSW, Mary Washington Hospice

The two Conversation Project events scheduled for the Salem Church Branch on Wednesday, June 14, and for the Headquarters Library on Thursday, June 15 have been cancelled.