Film Explores End-of-Life Care Free Screening of “Being Mortal”

Family Health West, Fruita Community Center and Hope West are holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” Saturday, November 19, from 10am-Noon. The screening will be held at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N Coulson St., Fruita, CO. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“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.

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

For more information please contact Tina Felt at (970) 858-2112.