Free Documentary Screening & Discussion
PBS Frontline “Being Mortal”
Wednesday, September 9
6:30 – 8:30 pm
UCSF Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., Parnassus Campus
Parking Garage: 500 Parnassus
The Osher Center is one of 40 organizations throughout the state of California chosen to screen the PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal, followed by a discussion on the topic of end-of-life planning. Our post-screening discussion will be a conversation between Shelley Adler, PhD, Osher Center Interim Director and Director of Education and BJ Miller, MD, Executive Director of our community partner the Zen Hospice Project. These community screenings are being sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation and the John and Wauna Harman Foundation.
This is a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.Be part of a national dialog taking place in our community that asks: “Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?” Being Mortal explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors who care for them.
It follows a doctor, Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he helps. When his own father gets sick with cancer, Dr. Gawande’s questions about how a doctor can best help at this time of life become even more personal. Full of engaging story-telling, the film sheds light on how our healthcare system – so focused on a cure – often leaves out the important conversations that need to happen so that a person’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.
Being Mortal opens our eyes to how necessary it is for all of us to think, plan ahead, and talk with our loved ones as we reflect on what matters most to us.