Consider the Conversation, A Documentary on a Taboo Subject
The First Congregational Church of Camden will host a showing of Consider the Conversation, a Documentary on a Taboo Subject, on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. Dr. Ira Mandel, Director of Hospice Care at PenBay Medical Center and Sarah Dwelley, RN, Palliative Care Nurse at PBMC, will answer questions following the film.
This hour long film, which addresses end of life issues head on, is relevant to all age groups whether we are considering how we would like to live our final days here on earth or looking to honor the wishes and needs of our parents or loved ones as they face end of life decisions. Producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal explain that “Our aim was to provide a 360-degree perspective on what it means to die in 21st-century America. What we learned is that most people find it extremely difficult to communicate about and prepare for the end of life.”
The film was released to PBS stations throughout the country in June 2011 and has created intense interest nationwide. Bernhagen and Kaldhusdal explain that the “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.”
Dr. Mandel and Mrs. Dwelley view Consider the Conversation as an opportunity for education on end-of-life issues and a way to initiate dialogue in the community about a topic that is often considered taboo and many times left unaddressed.
Consider the Conversation has won 11 awards including use of film for social change, journalistic excellence and viewer impact and has been shown on 165 PBS stations in 31 states.
The Congregational Church is located at 55 Elm Street and is handicapped accessible from the main parking lot. For more information call 236-4821.