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Through a national campaign that engages audiences through film and discussion, more than 40,000 people across all 50 states and the District of Columbia are taking steps to do something most adults avoid until it’s too late: discuss the kind of care they want when faced with serious illness and death.


The Being Mortal project began in February 2016 and to date, more than 650 organizations have partnered to engage their local communities in events. 


The events include a screening of the PBS FRONTLINE film, Being Mortal, followed by a guided and reflective audience discussion that ends with participants understanding the concrete steps they can take to start having conversations with their loved ones and healthcare professionals.

The Emmy-nominated film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Atul Gawande, MD.


Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so. Largely as a result this communication vacuum, 70 percent of those living in the U.S. die in hospitals despite an equal percentage saying they want to die at home.  The Being Mortal project is changing those numbers by encouraging conversation and action.

Presented by Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice

Awareness campaign - Changing Lives Across The USA

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6PM-9PM

Free Screening & Discussion

The Being Mortal project encourages conversation and action about serious illness and end-of-life decisions. The Emmy-nominated film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Atul Gawande, MD.  After the screening, you can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.