Documentary Addresses America’s Struggle With Communication and Preparation for Life’s End

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange and Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., will co-sponsor a screening of the film “Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject” at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28 in Orange Hall Theatre on the College’s Middletown campus.

Offered free of charge and open to the general public, the film sheds light on the 21st Century American struggle with communication and preparation at life’s end. It 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.

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, people are more likely to suffer a slow, incremental dying process

“If you ever considered our attitude toward end of life to be flawed, but could not understand why or even how to make it better, you should see this film,” says Janice Valentino, director of marketing and development for Hospice. “If your own personal experience with the loss of a loved one has left you asking questions, you should see this film. If you want to see how to approach death with hope, joy and gratitude in your heart, you should see this film.”

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties provides end-of-life palliative care in the home, hospital, nursing home, group home, adult care facility or The Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, located in Newburgh. Most hospice care is provided in the home, with a family member or members serving as the primary caregiver.

Doors to Orange Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. for the screening. For more information, contact Valentino at (845) 561-6143, ext. 324. Orange Hall Theatre is universally accessible.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940