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‘Consider the Conversation’ to air on KRWG on National Healthcare Decisions Day

In preparation for the upcoming New Mexico State University Dean’s Health Symposium, a documentary, “Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort,” will air at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16, on KRWG during National Healthcare Decisions Day.

The College of Health and Social Services will host its second Dean’s Health Symposium in Las Cruces on May 1. This year’s one-day seminar, “A Beautiful Death: What will you choose?” will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at http://health.nmsu.edu/2015-deans-health-symposium/.

“Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort” is an Emmy-nominated film by Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal that examines the challenges surrounding end-of-life discussions.

According to the film’s website, American medicine’s success at fighting disease and extending life has created a new problem. That is, the vast majority of patients can now expect to die in a place (a hospital or nursing home) and in a way (with increased quantity, but reduced quality, of life) that most wouldn’t choose if only asked. Talking about dying, which is as natural as birth, is now taboo. And, the reality is patients and families are suffering needlessly. It is a problem we never intended to create and one that must be solved, but how?

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be, as stated on the movement’s website.

For more information on the documentary visit http://www.considertheconversation.org and for more information on National Healthcare Decisions Day visit http://www.nhdd.org.