Initiating conversations about end-of-life care remains a challenging task for many. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton invites you to a documentary screening of “Being Mortal,” an exploration led by Dr. Atul Gawande delving into the intricacies of death and dying. This event aims to shed light on the complexities doctors face when discussing mortality with patients and seeks to offer guidance on navigating these crucial conversations.
You can’t fix aging and dying
Dr. Atul Gawande, in his compelling documentary, profoundly states, “Aging and dying — you can’t fix those.” Through this film, he examines the intricate relationships between medical professionals and patients nearing the end of their lives. The documentary scrutinizes the limitations and shortcomings of current medical practices as life nears its conclusion, highlighting the need for improvements in end-of-life care.
The film sheds light on the challenges faced by medical practitioners, revealing how discomfort discussing death often leads to misplaced optimism and treatments that inadvertently shorten lives. “Being Mortal” illustrates the struggles within nursing homes, where safety measures clash with residents’ autonomy, causing battles over food choices and decision-making.
A practioner’s view into death
Dr. Gawande’s unique perspective, drawn from his experiences as a practicing surgeon, takes viewers on a journey through the realities of his profession. He showcases the compassionate efforts of a hospice nurse, a geriatrician, and reformers striving to revolutionize nursing homes. The documentary offers insights into having difficult conversations and ensuring that individuals retain autonomy over their preferences, even in their final stages of life.
“Being Mortal” highlights the pursuit not merely of a good death but of a good life until the very end. This illuminating event, scheduled for October 27th, concludes with a discussion moderated by Kim Vesey, General Manager at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Register for this free event through the link: https://beforeidieohio.com/register/
Prepare to gain invaluable insights into navigating the delicate discussions surrounding end-of-life care. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an enlightening conversation on embracing a dignified approach to the final stages of life.