May 31, 2011
It's a fact: 80% of us say that when our time comes, we would prefer to die at home surrounded by those we love-- not in a healthcare facility. In reality, 75% of us will actually die in a hospital or nursing home. Consider the Conversation - a documentary film by Terry Kaldhusdal and Mike Bernhagen - is designed to encourage the thoughtful consideration of the choices we make at the end of life.
There will be a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 7pm at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Tickets are $10, available at the box office or by clicking here.
Consider the Conversation is a beautiful film, "a rich and engaging portrait of why we need to have end-of-life wishes respected" (Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-Winning columnist). Including inspiring and informative interviews with patients, family members, doctors (Ira Byock), nurses, clergy and experts in end of life care (Stephen Kiernan), the film features Placerville physician Martin Welsh and his inspiring quality of life perspective as featured in a Los Angeles Times editorial, "100 Things Leading to a Single Choice." Dr. Welsh, a family physician, died in October 2010, after a six-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
Film producers Kaldhusdal and Bernhagen-long-time friends motivated by personal experiences with loss- will attend this event and share their personal inspirations for the film.
"While working on Consider the Conversation, people would say to me that the focal point of the film must be the act of dying, but it's not. The heart of the film, and the heart of our national discussion, should be how each of us wants to live before we die," said Kaldhusdal.
The film's producers will join community end-of-life experts in offering perspectives immediately following the film screening. This event is sponsored by Marshall Medical Center and Sacramento News & Review.
Community resource information will be made available after the film in the lobby by supporting organizations, Partners in Care and Snowline Hospice and Center for Healthcare Decisions.
Tickets are available at the Folsom Three Stages Ticket Office (916)-608-6888 or online here. Service fees apply on all ticket sales. The Ticket Office is opened from 10am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday, and two hours before performances. Three Stages at Folsom Lake College is located at 10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630.
For information and a preview of the film, click here.