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Hope Hospice hosting free film, forum tonight on end-of-life issues

'Film inspires people to make their wishes known' Hospice CEO says

Hope Hospice will screen the documentary film "Consider the Conversation" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dublin City Council Chambers.

The free, thought-provoking film, to be followed by a panel discussion by medical and communication experts, is being offered free to the public.

"Consider the Conversation" highlights the American struggle with communication and preparation for the end of life.

"This film inspires and empowers people to make their wishes known," said Victoria Emmons, Hope Hospice CEO. "Hope Hospice is actively participating in "The Conversation Project," a nationwide effort that is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. This screening is one of several events we are devoting to this important project."

According to the California HealthCare Foundation, 82% of Californians surveyed said it is important to put their wishes in writing, but only 23% have actually done it.

Advance directives give individuals control over the health care they receive and the ability to name an "agent" to speak for them if they cannot speak for themselves.

"It is our hope that the community will take to heart the message of this film and speak to their loved ones about their wishes for end-of-life care and complete their advance directives," Emmons added.

The panel discussion that follows the film will include:

Dr. Maureen Dudgeon, chief medical officer at Hope Hospice. She is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine. She holds an Master's degree in bioethics. Her experience includes providing inpatient palliative care consultations and outpatient hospice care.

Rhonda Fisher, chief of Patient Care Services at Hope Hospice. She has 27 years of management experience in many healthcare settings, including 12 in hospice as director of Quality Management.

William Harvey, a Certified financial planner with Spectrum Wealth partners. He is a member of the Hope Hospice Board of Directors.

Hope Hospice, headquartered in Dublin, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based agency that offers compassionate care, insight and guidance during a life-limiting illness. Patients receive care in their homes or in a facility where they reside so they can live their lives as fully as possible, in comfort and dignity, surrounded by family and friends.

Thursday's event will take place in the Dublin Civic Center on Dublin Boulevard. To make a reservation, go to HopeHospice.com/conversation or call (925) 829-8770, ext. 252.

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