End of Life Movie at BCCC
Vidant Health End of Life Work Group will host the movie “End Game” on Thursday, April 11at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at in the Building 8 Auditorium at Beaufort County Community College.
End Game is about one thing we all share as human beings—the experience of death and dying. Many of us will be called on to be caregivers at some point in our lives, and many of us will be patients. As advances in medicine continue to develop, treatments and technology to sustain and extend our lives are allowing people to live longer with serious and chronic illness. And yet creating the space to talk about death and our values around end-of-life care is, more often than not, stressful and emotionally difficult. Fear of the unknown or of saying the wrong thing, or the belief that talking about it makes it happen, can prevent the topic from ever coming up until a health crisis occurs. This event is free, registration is not required but preferred. Visit eventbrite.com - Search END GAME. To learn more visit VidantHealth.com/AdvanceCare | AdvanceCare@VidantHealth.com
End Game weaves together three stories of visionary medical providers who practice on the cutting edge of life and death, helping to change the way we think about both: the palliative care team at UCSF Medical Center, the most sophisticated acute care hospital in Northern California; Zen Hospice Project, a Buddhist-inspired end-of-life residence in a classic San Francisco Victorian; and B.J. Miller, M.D., a physician who understands suffering first-hand (he lost three limbs in an accident when he was 19) and who has worked with both UCSF and Zen Hospice. For most people, the very words “hospice” and “palliative care” are nonstarters—code words for giving up. This core group of caregivers in San Francisco sees it differently. They are dedicated to relieving suffering, and to changing the way we think about—and make choices about—how we live our lives as we near life’s end. Their commitment is vividly embodied in their interactions with their terminally ill patients. These intimate and often highly charged emotional moments—with caregivers, patients, and patients’ families and loved ones—are at the heart of End Game.