End-of-life care film to air at Tomah VA

Free screening hopes to teach viewers about possible decisions that need to be made before death

An upcoming film that will air at the Tomah VA is hoping to teach viewers about the importance of making end-of-life decisions.

The Tomah Memorial Hospice and Palliative Care and the Tomah VA Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care are collaborating to present ‘Being Mortal’.

The film first aired on PBS in February. It follows families that are close to making end-of-life decisions and shares their thought patterns.

While many might think the film is directed toward the elderly, that’s not the case.

“It’s directed at all ages. It’s amazing how some people think it’s only for the elderly. One of the people in the film is a 34-year-old lady that found out she is pregnant, ready to have a baby. Finds out she has cancer and there’s not much hope. So it’s for all ages because all of us are going to face it someday,” said the Tomah Memorial Hospice Touch and Palliative Care Chaplain Bob Streeter.

After the screening, doctors, social workers, and other experts will be available to answer questions that viewers might have.

‘Being Mortal’ will air on June 2nd from 6p.m.-8p.m.  The screening is free.  It will be shown at the Tomah VA in recreation building 455.

The showing made possible by a grant from the John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.