Death is a topic not often explored in our culture.
Madrone Hospice reported the following:
Death is a topic not often explored in our culture. It is not a conversation that most of us are comfortable having with loved ones. Death is a topic that all of us at one point have actively avoided discussing until it is too late. Why, exactly, do we do that? We know that our time is limited. When faced with a terminal diagnosis, even our doctors have a hard time having end of life discussions with patients and loved ones, which is why author and surgeon Atul Gawande is attempting to open and ease that discussion.
In his 2015 novel “Being Mortal,” Dr. Gawande follows several terminal patients and their families as they have those difficult end of life discussions and make decisions on their end of life care. In a deeply emotional account, families, patients and doctors reflect on their journeys, their choices and even their regrets at the end of life. When is it appropriate to discuss stopping treatment? What is important to the patient and family, having quality days, or simply having more days? How do we ensure that the patient’s wishes are always put first? All of these topics are discussed in the novel “Being Mortal,” a Siskiyou Reads 2018 winner.
Join Madrone Hospice and Siskiyou Reads Friday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 415 Evergreen Lane, Yreka, across from Evergreen Elementary School, for a special screening of the PBS documentary based on the book.
After the screening, a discussion panel, featuring Dr. Bruce Riger, RN Karen Wiley, and LVN Susan Sorenson, will be addressing Gawande’s key points and answering questions. There will also be a limited number of copies of the book for sale. Their aim is to promote discussion about how you want to live and what makes life worth living for you.