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Hospice of Tift Area encourages conversations on death

Over twenty people gathered to watch the film. (Source:WALB) Over twenty people gathered to watch the film. (Source:WALB)
Kathy Moneypenny, Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain (Source:WALB) Kathy Moneypenny, Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain (Source:WALB)
"Being Mortal" is made by Frontline. (Source:WALB) "Being Mortal" is made by Frontline. (Source:WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

It can be uncomfortable to talk about death, but the Hospice of Tift Area says it’s one you need have with a loved one.

So to better prepare people for that conversation, Hospice of Tift Area held a screening of a helpful documentary.

Over twenty people gathered at the Tift Regional Community Center on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, to watch the film.

The film, by Frontline, was called “Being Mortal” and followed a brain surgeon around as he investigated how doctors talked about death.

Kathy Moneypenny is with Hospice of Tift Area.

She encourages people to not only have the talk about others passing away, but also have the conversation concerning your own death.

“When you have that conversation, it’s a gift that you’re leaving your family. It’s something that you’re doing for them before they have to make those decisions because it can be a hard place to be,” Moneypenny says.

Part of the process is asking questions like, “What do you want to happen if there’s a chance that you can’t speak for yourself?”

Moneypenny hopes to hold more of these types of screenings later in the year.

However, if you’d like to watch “Being Mortal” now, we found it here.

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