YONKERS, N.Y. -- The PBS "Frontline" documentary "Being Mortal," based on the book by surgeon, writer and public health researcher Atul Gawande, will be shown at Sarah Lawrence College on Thursday, Oct. 6, as part a program on end-of-life planning.
The screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary about how doctors struggle to care for dying patients will be followed by a panel discussion on death and dying and how families can discuss the wishes and values of loved ones as they approach the end of life.
The screening hosts are: Westchester End-of-Life Coalition; Sarah Lawrence College and its end-of-life care program and master's program in health advocacy; Gramatan Village; and Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care.
“With the population aging and young adults delaying parenthood, the gap between births and deaths is at its lowest in modern history,” said Rebecca Johnson, director of graduate professional studies for the college’s end-of-life program.
“While our health care system is good at prolonging life, we are not so good about preparing for death.’’
Christina Staudt, president Westchester End-of-Life Coalition, will moderate the program.
The Hospice Foundation of America selected her group to show the film, which is being presented in different locations as part of a grant from the John and Wauna Harman Foundation.
Aired on PBS in February 2015, “Being Mortal” follows Boston surgeon Gawande, who shares experiences at the end of life from patients and his own family.
The 55-minute film will be shown at 6:30 p.m., in the meeting room in the Esther Raushenbush Library and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Staudt.
The panel includes: Dr. Deborah Cappell, medical director of palliative medicine services at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and a member of the End of Life Care Program Advisory Committee; Diana Diaz-Serafin, director of patient services, Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care; and Marlene Furtick, clinical director, Mount Vernon office, Family Services of Westchester.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org is requested but not required.