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​Wallingford, CT (Tuesday, September 13, 2016)...Masonicare will host a free community screening of the PBS "Frontline" documentary, Being Mortal, on Monday, September 19 at Ashlar Village. There will be two showings, one at 1:30 and one at 6:00. Based on the 2014 best-selling book by Atul Gawande, M.D., the film delves into the hopes of patients and families facing the end of life.


Following the screening, a panel of experts will share thoughts with the audience. The panel includes a minister, an elderlaw attorney, a geriatrician and a widow. It will be moderated by author and life organizer, Lynn McPhelimy, a Connecticut resident and author of the book In the Checklist of Life which has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.


Being Mortal follows Dr. Gawande as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When his own father gets cancer, Dr. Gawande’s search for answers about how best to care for the terminally ill and 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. The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. 


This program is jointly sponsored by Masonicare and Sage Solutions LLC, Geriatric Care Management. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 888-679-9997.

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