Screenings in Damariscotta, Rockland

'Consider the Conversation' screened with Q&A

Apr 11, 2014

Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice and Spectrum Generations Bridges Homecare will present free screenings of "Consider the Conversation," a documentary about advanced care planning. This hour-long film is relevant to all age groups, whether one is considering how to live out final days here on earth or looking to honor the wishes and needs of parents or loved ones as they face difficult decisions.

Two separate screenings are planned, each followed by a question-and-answer session. The first is Tuesday, April 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Damariscotta. The Rev. Stephen J. White, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice Chaplain; Allison Wood, Spectrum Generations Bridges Supervisor; and Cynthia Troxel, Spectrum Generations Aging and Disability Resource Councilor, will answer questions following the film.

The film also will be screened Friday, April 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Spectrum Generations Knox Community Center, 61 Park St., Rockland. Heidi McCaffery, LSW, CHPCA, Kno-Wal-Lin’s director of Hospice & Palliative Care; Helen Harrington, LSW, hospice social worker for Kno-Wal-Lin; Dave Brown, Spectrum Generations Bridges Outreach Specialist; and Gloria Rhode, Spectrum Generations Aging and Disability Resource Councilor, will answer questions following the film.

The film was released to PBS stations throughout the country in June 2011 and has created intense interest nationwide. Producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal have said their goals for “Consider the Conversation” are simple, but far from easy: “First, we hope to change the commonly held American attitude that views end-of-life as a failed medical event to one that sees it as a normal process rich in opportunity for human development. Second, we hope to inspire dialogue between patient and doctor, husband and wife, parent and child, minister and parishioner. And third, we hope to change behavior by encouraging medical professionals, healthcare organizations, and clergy to take the lead in counseling others.”

For directions to Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center in Damariscotta, call 563-1363. For more information about this or other Kno-Wal-Lin community talks, contact Suzanne Miller at 390-4524 or smiller@penbayhealthcare.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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