Documentary: Being Mortal

April 4, 2020

This was really sobering and emotional ride. Hearing about these situations from the physician’s perspective is a good reminder that people on both sides of this relationship can be caught in unfair or difficult situations. The proper course of action is not always clear, even for the experts we place our trust in.

How do you talk about death with a dying loved one? Dr. Atul Gawande explores death, dying and why even doctors struggle to discuss being mortal with patients, in this Emmy-nominated documentary. “Aging and dying — you can’t fix those,“ says Dr. Gawande.
This film examines the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and how the medical profession can better help people navigate mortality. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life — to the very end.

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