Defining Hope Screening and Panel Discussion
February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us on February 4th, 6pm at the Central Queens Library for a screening and discussion of the documentary Defining Hope. Defining Hope is a story about people weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life, and the nurses who guide them. It’s a documentary that follows patients with life-threatening illness as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. It is optimistic and reminds us that we have choices in how we die.
This movie is critical and relevant right now, with our rapidly aging population and incalculable challenges in healthcare and end-of-life care. We aren’t dying the way we used to. We have ventilators, dialysis machines, ICUs—technologies that can “fix” us and keep our bodies alive—which have radically changed how we make medical decisions. In our death-denying culture, no matter how sick we get, there is always “hope.” The will to live is a powerful force, and eventually we will all have to make individual decisions when faced with very complex choices.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring EOLCNY Director of Outreach and Education, Ayana Woods and Latino Outreach Coordinator, Aydasara Ortega.
The program is free, but registration is required.