Documentary screening and end-of-life discussion in Pelican Rapids June 23

Hospice of the Red River Valley invites the community to attend a free educational event focused on the Emmy-nominated FRONTLINE documentary “Being Mortal.”

 The presentation, “Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End,” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Pelican Valley Senior Living Care Center, 211 E. Mill Ave. in Pelican Rapids.

 For more information and to RSVP by June 21, contact Jennifer Berube at (218) 863-2991 or Sue Sorensen at (218) 841-0371. Space is limited. 

Attendees will screen the documentary and participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

This event, which is sponsored by Hospice of the Red River Valley, is free and open to the public with continuing education hours available for nurses and social workers.

 The Emmy-nominated documentary, “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. 

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.

About Hospice of the Red River Valley

In 1981, Hospice of the Red River Valley was founded on the fundamental belief that everyone deserves access to high-quality end-of-life care. We fulfill our nonprofit mission by providing medical, emotional, personal and spiritual care, as well as grief support to our patients, their families and caregivers during a tender time in life. Our staff helps those we serve experience more meaningful moments through exceptional hospice care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, wherever a patient calls home. Spread across more than 40,000 square miles in North Dakota and Minnesota, Hospice of the Red River Valley offers round-the-clock availability via phone, prompt response times and same-day admissions, including evenings, weekends and holidays. 

Contact us anytime at 800-237-4629 or hrrv.org.