Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center to Host Free Screening of Acclaimed “Being Mortal” Documentary on March 16 from 3pm to 5pm
Panel Discussion Exploring End-of-Life Care and Home-Made Refreshments to Follow Film
The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living is holding a free community screening of the highly acclaimed documentary “Being Mortal” on Thursday, March 16 at 240 Lynnfield Street in Peabody from 3pm to 5pm. Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A which will address concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. The discussion will be led by industry experts, including a physician, social worker, nurse and spiritual counselor. Refreshments will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the panelists on a one-to-one basis.
“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.
“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.
In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/being-mortal. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name.
Basketball Pioneers take down Stoneham in first-round
Lynnfield to host Whittier in a North quarterfinal round game Sunday
The Lynnfield High School boys’ basketball team (17-4, fourth seed) took their first step toward the Division 3 North title game Monday after defeating visiting Stoneham (8-14, 13th seed), 69-41 in a first-round game.
Mike Carangelo led the Pioneers on offense with 20 points and seven rebounds. Louis Ellis chipped in with 19 points and seven rebounds. Billy Arseneault, the Cape Ann League Kinney Division Player of the Year, was credited with nine points, eight assists and three steals.
Lynnfield’s big three were responsible for practically 80 percent of its points, but coach Scott MacKenzie measured his team’s success in this game by looking at the total picture.
“This was a terrific team win,” said MacKenzie. “We defended, we got out in transition, and we forced Stoneham to play at our pace, which was a major part of the game plan.
“I’m proud of the entire team’s efforts from numbers one through 16,” he continued. “They have certainly put in the work this season, and as a coach I am truly blessed.”
Early on, Stoneham deliberately slowed down the tempo of the game to prevent the likes of Ellis, Carangelo and Arsenault from lighting up the scoreboard frequently.
But the Pioneers adjusted with time and made the Spartans play on their terms. Without knowing what hit them, Whittier’s advantage whittled away. The Pioneers led by 19 early on in the third quarter, 41-22, and never really looked back after that sudden surge.
The Pioneers will have a few days to practice before they host Whittier Tech (16-5, fifth seed) Sunday afternoon in a Division 3 North quarterfinal round game, starting at 2 p.m.Whittier defeated Northeast Voke (8-13, 12th seed), 86-49 in its first-round game.
Watertown is the top seed in Division 3 North with an 18-2 record, and they had a first-round bye. Newburyport (17-3) and Weston (17-3) are ranked just ahead of Lynnfield, as the second and third seeds, respectively. They too won their opening round games. The Clippers defeated Lynn Tech, 70-36. Weston won a 76-55 decision over Saugus.
Bedford, the team that knocked off Lynnfield in the title game last year, took care of Amesbury in its first-round game, 84-60. They have to go up against host Weston in their quarterfinal round match-up Friday night.
There are still two critical rounds to get through before last year’s finalists can even think about history repeating itself, but MacKenzie’s crew hope they can alter the course of recent results in order to play on the famed parquet floor at TD Garden in a couple of weeks.
By Joe Mitchell