Convening Important Conversations in Honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day

Crater Community Hospice will offer two free screenings of the PBS program “Being Mortal,” paired with panel discussions with local experts as well as a free Coffee Chat with Mike Perdue on “Avoiding Family Conflict in Estate Planning.” These events are part of the organization’s recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This annual event aims to help people across the U.S. understand the value of advance healthcare planning. For 2017, NHDD will be a week-long event, from April 16 to 22.
Each event will be part of a national dialog that asks “Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?”
Certificates of Attendance are available.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Being Mortal – Screening and Panel Discussion
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 am with program to begin at 9:20)
Bethia United Methodist Church
10700 Winterpock Road Chesterfield, VA 23832
Sponsored by Crater Community Hospice and the Office of the Chesterfield County Senior Advocate
Free, rsvp required by March 31, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017: Coffee Chat on Avoiding Family Conflict in Estate Planning
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Crater Community Hospice
3916 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805
Free, rsvp required by April 4, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Being Mortal – Screening and Panel Discussion
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 2:00 pm with program to begin at 2:20)
Southside Regional Medical Center
200 Medical Park Blvd, Petersburg, VA 23805
A/B Classroom on the first floor
Free, rsvp required by April 10, 2017

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest. After the screening, attendees can participate in a guided conversation on concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. The free screenings of “Being Mortal” are made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

Every month Crater Community Hospice hosts a free coffee chat providing an educational presentation and networking opportunities. This month, local attorney Mike Purdue of Paul/Perdue Attorneys presents “Avoiding Family Conflict in Estate Planning.” Mr. Purdue will discuss planning strategies to help maintain family harmony. He will cover an overview of specific aspects of pre-planning including estates, wills, trusts, and advance directives.

For more information, or to RSVP contact Patti Cox at (804) 526-4300.