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Consider the Conversation: Free Documentary On Advanced Care Planning

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Please join Pen Bay Healthcare’s Ira Mandel, MD, and Sarah Dwelley, RN for a free screening of “Consider the Conversation,” a documentary about advanced care planning at the Second Congregational Church in Warren on Wednesday, April 2 from 6-7:30 p.m.

This hour long film, which addresses advanced care planning issues head on, is relevant to all age groups whether we are considering how we would like to live our final days here on earth or looking to honor the wishes and needs of our parents or loved ones as they face difficult decisions. The film was released to PBS stations throughout the country in June 2011 and has created intense interest nationwide.” Producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal add that the “goals for Consider the Conversation are simple, but far from easy. First, we hope to change the commonly held American attitude that views end-of-life as a failed medical event to one that sees it as a normal process rich in opportunity for human development. Second, we hope to inspire dialogue between patient and doctor, husband and wife, parent and child, minister and parishioner. And third, we hope to change behavior by encouraging medical professionals, healthcare organizations, and clergy to take the lead in counseling others.”

Dr. Mandel’s Pen Bay’s Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care medical director, and Dwelley, RN, Palliative Care nurse, will answer questions following the film.

The Second Congregational Church of Warren is located at 252 Main St., Warren. For directions or other info, visit or call 273-2338.

For more information about Pen Bay Medical Center’s Palliative or Hospice Care Services, call 596-8301.