Conversations About Living and Dying

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, the UAMS Division of Palliative Medicine, funded by a grant from the Dorothy Snider Foundation, will offer a series of events designed to open the lines of communication about advance care planning and end-of-life decisionmaking. Space is limited for each event, and preregistration is required.

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on health care decision-making to the public. Among other things, it helps people understand that it involves much more than living wills; it is a process that should focus on not only advance directive documents but, just as importantly, on conversations with your loved ones and choosing an agent to carry out your wishes.

Schedule of Events

An Evening with Dr. BJ Miller
“Not Whether, But How”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (with concessions available),  presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave., Little Rock
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The program will include a screening of the Oscar–nominated short documentary “End Game” followed by Dr. Miller‘s presentation. The evening will end with opportunity for interactive Q&A.

BJ Miller, M.D., is a palliative care physician in San Francisco who began his “formal relationship with death”at age 19 when he was involved in an accident that resulted in the amputation of one arm below the elbow and both legs below the knee. Drawing on his expertise as a physician, former executive director of Zen Hospice Project, and as a patient, he is an advocate for a health care system that maximizes quality of life and that minimizes unnecessary suffering.

His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” about keeping the patient at the center of care and encouraging empathic end-of-life care, and has garnered over 6 million views and ranks among the most viewed talks. He encourages us to reorient and reframe our relationship to the inevitable, that which we don’t control, and brings creative power and meaning-making to death, believing that death is the agent that helps us experience anything precious in life.

Lunch and Learn for Clergy
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church
922 Wright Ave., Little Rock
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If you are in service to others through pastoral care, you may be interested in this Lunch and Learn as an opportunity to learn about the importance of advance care planning.

This event is part of the National Healthcare Decisions Day initiative in which we’ll screen the compelling film, “Being Mortal.” It explores the growing field of palliative care and the ways in which having a conversation around the question “What are your priorities if your time is limited?” can empower people to live their lives fully. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with members of the UAMS Palliative Care team immediately following the film.  Bring your brown bag lunch, drink and dessert provided. Capacity 60.  Water and tea provided by Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church.

 

Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death
6-9 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Trio’s Restaurant
8201 Cantrell Road, Little Rock

How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. Believing that talking about end-of-life is made a little easier together over dinner, instead of over a hospital bed, we join each other around the table for an evening of conversation about death. We hope to break the taboo around talking about death and transform this conversation into an insightful and empowering experience.

This isn’t meant to be a morbid topic, but a very human one that considers what we want, both in life and during its closure. We’ll enjoy dinner at Trio’s, and a facilitator at each table will guide participants using prompts to get things started.

By sharing our thoughts and feelings in this context, it’s our hope that we will move through our fears, shed inhibitions, and forge a deeper understanding and connection with each other and our loved ones.

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Lunch and Learn for the Community
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Thompson Library
38 Rahling Road, Little Rock
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As part of the National Healthcare Decisions Day initiative, our Lunch and Learn is an opportunity to learn about the importance of advance care planning. We’ll screen the compelling film “Being Mortal,” which explores the growing field of palliative care and the ways in which having a conversation around the question “What are your priorities if your time is limited?” can empower people to live their lives fully. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with members of the UAMS Division of Palliative Medicine immediately following the film.  Capacity is 40.  Bring your brown bag lunch, drink and dessert provided.

This is a brown bag event.  Water and cookies provided by UAMS Palliative Medicine Department.