Vail Daily letter: Important discussion |

Vail Daily letter: Important discussion

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is a beautiful documentary film for any adult. At least 30 people were present for the screening at the Avon Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 21. Following the film there was a discussion of the issues we all face at the end of life. As a retired professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago, I know how important it is for aging family members to discuss their end-of-life wishes with loved ones. These discussions can help everyone with the normal grieving process. End-of-life issues are difficult for most of us to acknowledge to ourselves, let alone discuss with our family. This program will help everyone to take the steps to initiate these discussions. There are still opportunities to participate in this program. Panel discussions and a workshop will engage you in a dialogue about advance care planning and sharing with loved ones and your physician about what matters most. You will learn how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate your end-of life wishes. Join the discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Eagle Public Library at 5:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at the Avon Public Library.

Robert E. Rutledge