Library & hospital to present the Being Mortal Project on March 11

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“If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?”

Eckhart Public Library and DeKalb Health’s Home Health and Hospice are partnering to present The Being Mortal Project on Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m.

The event will include a screening of the Frontline documentary “Being Mortal,” adapted from Atul Gawande’s bestselling book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” Social workers with Home Health and Hospice will be available for a discussion following the hour-long screening. Advanced care planning materials such as advanced directives and Power of Attorney forms will be available as well.

“We often see people wait until they are forced to make end of life decisions, due to accidents or illnesses, before they will have the conversation with loved ones about their wishes,” said Megan Ross, a   Home Health and  Hospice Social Worker for DeKalb Health. “People of all ages need to have a plan in place to assist their family and friends.  This alleviates the stress of being unsure of what their loved one truly desires at the end of life.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to ask questions about what is so often a taboo topic,” said Darcy Davidson Armstrong, Eckhart Public Library Public Service Manager, said. “We are fortunate to be selected as a screening site and to have Home Health and Hospice to address tough questions.”

The Being Mortal Project is a national dialogue about end-of- life-care underwritten by the John and Wuana Harmon Foundation and the Hospice Foundation of America.

Refreshments will be served. Please register by calling 260-924-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us

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About Jenny

I am the Associate Director of Eckhart Public Library. My office is in the Administrative Annex, but I can often be found roaming the Eckhart Public Library Campus, performing acts of librarianship in every department! I love to read and learn about history. I'm also a huge fan of movies, TV and pop culture in general, and I love to read books of all types. Currently, I'm working my way around the romance section, with some historical fiction and graphic novels thrown in for variety! But you never know what I'm going to pick up next.
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