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If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?

Join a national dialogue taking place in your community concerning an inescapable reality of life and death.  Gather with friends, neighbors and peers to watch the FRONTLINE documentary “Being Mortal”, which explores what matters most to patients and families experiencing serious illness.

See a free screening and join a discussion of the FRONTLINE film: 

“Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

6:45pm - 8:45pm 

In the Stuart Community Room,

Gorton Community Center

400 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest 

 Seating will be limited to 50 participants:

please RSVP, via email to

or by phone at 847-828-1412 

by Saturday, February 18, 2017 

“Being Mortal”, based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, 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 and author, 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. 

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Professor, Dept of Health Policy and Management

Harvard School of Public Health

Harvard Medical School

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. 

We will also be distributing a booklet titled "Five Wishes" from Aging with Dignity, which is non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness.

See this moving documentary, join the conversation, and explore what matters to you. All are welcome. We hope to see you there! 


The free screening is made possible in part by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. Our community screening and discussion is co-hosted by

Life & Death Lake Forest/Lake Bluff/Lake County and Dying 2 Know. 

For more information about the free screening, contact Lydia Backer, MSW, LSW, at, or 847-828-1412. 

Watch a short promotional video of "Being Mortal":

This is a community event and is not sponsored by St. Patrick Church

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