Thursday Oct 12, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Being Mortal: Free Screening of Popular Documentary

Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls

Being Mortal Documentary

with Dr. Atul Gawande

Thursday Oct 12, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls

Free and open to the public.  After the screening, audience members can participate in a facilitated conversation about the film, including how to identify and communicate one’s wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. 
For more information or to RSVP please contact Patty Dunn at 802-257-0775, x 102 or
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” 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. 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.  “Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit Being Mortal on PBS Frontline . The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally bestselling book of the same name.

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