A special film that documents the lives of 5 people living with a terminal illness may offer insights into Central New Yorkers who are looking ahead to their own end-of-life or for the caregivers of a loved one facing end of life issues.
End of Life, a documentary film that was nominated for the 2018 European Film Awards, will be shown Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. in Room NAB 4414B of Upstate Medical University’s Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and reception with the filmmakers.
The filmmakers, Paweł Wojtasik and John Bruce, trained to be end-of-life doulas and documented many hours of their interactions with the five people featured in the film, who were each at various stages in the process of dying. The panel will be moderated by Shinge Sherry Chayat Roshi and will include members of the Syracuse-area hospice, medical, spiritual and social justice communities. The event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsors for this event include the Zen Center of Syracuse, Upstate Medical University’s Spiritual Care Center, the Consortium for Culture and Medicine, SU’s Aging Studies Institute, Hendricks Chapel, the Contemplative Collaborative, and the Burton Blatt Institute’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach Initiative.