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In partnership with the Rotary Club of Sedona, Accord Hospice of Sedona will present a screening of the film “Being Mortal” and a discussion afterward Friday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road.



“Being Mortal” explores the relationships physicians have with patients nearing the end of their life. The hourlong PBS “Frontline” special investigates end-of-life care practices and delves into how physicians are often untrained and uncomfortable discussing death with their patients.

“I have a passion for helping people get comfortable talking about this topic,” said Susan Turner, administrator of Accord Hospice of Sedona. “It’s taboo, and people are afraid to talk about it.”

But it’s important to have a plan in place ahead of time, Turner added, because it can be difficult to make decisions about a loved one’s end-of-life preferences when there’s a crisis. Turner said she hopes the screening will encourage viewers to have open discussions about their end-of-life preferences.

Accord Hospice obtained a copy of “Being Mortal” for screening as part of a program of the Hospice Foundation of America and the John and Wauna Harman Foundation.

The film is based on the 2014 book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande, a physician and author who was spurred to investigate the relationship between physicians and patients with terminal illnesses when his own father became ill. Doctors told Gawande and his family to have hope, even though Gawande suspected his father was beyond it.

Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The showing and discussion at the library are free and open to all. For more information, call Accord Hospice at (928) 278-4134.

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