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Free screening of PBS documentary 'Being Mortal' set for Sept. 21

| Allyson Gommer

News editors: For more information or to arrange an interview about this community event, contact Libby Thurston, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, at 715-836-3365 or thurstel@uwec.edu.

A free community screening of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Being Mortal” will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Luther Campus Auditorium of Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

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Dr. Atul Gawande

Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande — a surgeon, writer and public health researcher — this powerful film explores the hopes of patients and families facing the end of life. “Being Mortal” examines the nature of the relationship between patients and their doctors, nurses and family members. As Gawande gathers stories from his patients and their families, the film sheds light on a medical system so focused on a cure that it often neglects sensitive conversations about the patient’s true wishes.

Following the screening, a panel of professionals and Eau Claire-area community members will share their experiences, answer questions and discuss local resources.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has partnered with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System to provide this important community event. The project was made possible by a grant from the John and Wauna Harman Foundation and is coordinated by Hospice Foundation of America.

For complete program details or to view a short film trailer, visit the UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education website.