Defining Hope, an hour-long documentary from director Carolyn Jones, tells the story of patients dealing with life-threatening illness as they move between ICUs, operating rooms, hospice care and home. This film asks essential questions about dying in America and starts a conversation that will, and must, continue after the credits roll.
How do we want to die? It's a relevant question for every human being, yet it's one we avoid discussing, even when faced with a diagnosis of serious illness. Flushing Library and End of Life Choices New York will host a screening and discussion of the documentary, Defining Hope. Defining Hope is a story about people weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life, and the nurses who guide them. It's a documentary that follows individuals with life-threatening illnesses as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for, and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. It is optimistic and reminds us that we have choices in how we die. The screening will be followed by Q&A featuring a panel including EOLCNY Executive Director Laurie Leonard, Barbara Glickstein, the producer of the film, and experts in hospice and palliative care.