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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Gracefully written, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, opens a door to a community conversation of a subject that all too often engenders only fear and denial. Gather with friends, neighbors and medical professionals in a conversation about an inescapable reality of life and learn how to have these conversations prior to a medical crisis. Watch the film or read the book. Join the discussions and let our local experts help you develop your personal action plan for the future. The programs below are in partnership with the Eagle Valley Library District, Eagle County Public Health, Alpine Area Agency on Aging, HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley along with a certified member of the Grief Recovery Method.


Free Film Screening

Join us for a screening of the PBS Frontline film "Being Mortal," based on the best-selling book by surgeon Atul Gawande. Follow Dr. Gawande as he explores end-of-life conversations among doctors, patients and their families. Following the film, participate in a discussion with local experts concerning the issues people may face at the end-of-life and how to have conversations that matter most about our wishes. Limited complimentary copies of Being Mortal will also be available to participants.

At the Gypsum Public Library on
Saturday, January 14 @ 10:00 am

At Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on
Tuesday, January 17 @ 5:30 pm

At the Avon Public Library on
Saturday, January 21 @ 2:00 pm


Book Discussions

Doctors go to school to learn how to save lives, so cases involving advanced age or impending death frequently contradict the desires of the human spirit. In Being Mortal, best-selling author and practicing surgeon, Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine cannot only improve life but also how it can change the experience of dying. Being Mortal is full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling exploring “quality of life” for patients and families. Join us for enriching book discussions at the Eagle Valley Libraries.

At the Eagle Public Library on
Monday, January 23 @ 6:30 pm

At the Avon Public Library on
Friday, February 3 @ 3:00 pm


Panel Discussion and Workshop

Engage in a dialogue about advance care planning and sharing with loved ones and physicians what matters most. Learn how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. Following the discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to be proactive about end-of-life situations by participating in a workshop with local experts. This workshop will assist attendees with planning and creating advance healthcare directives for themselves and their families. Join the conversation and explore what matters to you.

At the Eagle Public Library on
Tuesday, February 21 @ 5:30 pm

At the Avon Public Library on
Saturday, March 4 @ 2:00 pm

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