On Friday, May 15th, Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort won Silver in the category of “Best Public Affairs Program, Documentary or News Special” at the Milwaukee Press Club’s 85th Annual MPC Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism ceremony held at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Producers Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen were on hand for the ceremony and were honored to accept the award on behalf of the films’ patients and doctors whose stories continue to inspire us all.
American medicine’s success at fighting disease and extending life has created a new problem. That is, the vast majority of patients can now expect to die in a place (a hospital or nursing home) and in a way (with increased quantity, but reduced quality, of life) that most wouldn’t choose if only asked. Talking about dying, which is as natural as birth, is now taboo. And, the reality is patients and families are suffering needlessly. It is a problem we never intended to create and one that must be solved, but how?
Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort explores the effect of American medicine’s success on the patient/doctor relationship and sheds light on the important role communication plays in helping both patient and doctor navigate the murky waters of severe chronic disease.
The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area partners network has purchased a copy of the groundbreaking film that has now won eleven awards – including two Bronze Tellys and the 2014 Global Film Awards Humanitarian Award as well as a copy of Consider the Conversation: A documentary on a taboo subject. Each film is available for showing by the Link partners’ network and your organization, entity or agency. To find out more about showing these films, text or call 717.380.9714 or complete this box to send an email.
Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject. This project sheds light on the 21st century American struggle with communication and preparation at life’s end. Throughout the film, there are intimate accounts of the emotional, spiritual, physical and social burdens associated with the historical shift that has occurred with dying. Forty years ago, most people experienced a quick death, but today we are more likely to suffer a slow, incremental dying process.
Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes information and experiences gathered from interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers, and national experts from around the country.
Each film is available for showing by the Link partners’ network and your organization, entity or agency. To find out more about showing these films, text or call 717.380.9714 or by completing the above box to send an email.