Rockland Public Library and Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers will present a screening of “Seven Songs for a Long Life,” the 2015 documentary film by Amy Hardie Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 80 Union St.

The 60-minute film was an Official Selection of the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. Following the screening, a representative from Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers Continuing Education Committee will lead a discussion about the film and talk about volunteering for their organization.

Hospice care is rarely associated with singing and laughter, but at Strathcarron, a remarkable Scottish hospice center, patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor. Four years in the making, “Seven Songs for a Long Life” includes a hit parade of tunes belted out by patients and caregivers alike between reflections on life, love and mortality. Sinatra and R.E.M. have never been sung with more heart. The film illuminates a journey we will all take eventually, and shows how the songs we love best can help guide us.

This event is presented in collaboration with “POV,” the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. Named for the cinema term for “point of view,” “POV” is television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. It premieres 14 to 16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on public television.

The evening is free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 594-0310.

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