End-of-life film, discussion in Warren

Mar 07, 2014

Warren — Pen Bay Healthcare’s Ira Mandel, MD, and Sarah Dwelley, RN, will present a free screening and discussion of "Consider the Conversation," a documentary about advanced care planning, Wednesday, March 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 252 Main St.

This hour-long film, which addresses advanced care planning issues head on, is relevant to all age groups, whether considering to live one’s final days or looking to honor the wishes and needs of parents or loved ones as they face difficult decisions. 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 the goals for “Consider the Conversation” were 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.”

Dr. Mandel is Pen Bay’s Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care’s medical director and Dwelley, a palliative care nurse. They will answer questions following the screening.

For directions or other information about the venue, visit secondcongregational.org or call 273-2338. For more information about Pen Bay Medical Center’s Palliative or Hospice Care Services, call 596-8301.

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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