Local health systems sponsor community end-of-life discussion

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OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Health System and SwedishAmerican Health System are partnering to bring Rockford-area residents a powerful and inspiring 60-minute documentary that explores multiple perspectives on end-of-life conversations and care.

Thursday, Oct. 10, the organizations will host Consider the Conversation at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford. This thought-provoking film includes intimate accounts from patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers and national experts. A question-and-answer panel will take place after the film with the filmmakers and a panel of local health care experts.

Attendees will learn more about the importance of advance-care planning for all ages; emotional, physical and social burdens of dying; and talking with others about end-of-life wishes.

Doors for this special presentation open at 6:30 p.m., providing access to information booths and a musical prelude. The 60-minute film and panel discussion will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5, and preregistration is required. Those interested in attending can register by calling (815) 971-5050.

Posted Oct. 2, 2013

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