BBC Horizon screening – We Need to Talk About Death


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14 May 2019
6.30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Goldsmiths, University of London 8 Lewisham Way London SE14 6NW

Join us for an evening of stimulating discussion at Goldsmiths University

Join St Christopher’s Hospice for a screening of the BBC Horizon documentary this Dying Matters Awareness Week. There will also be an opportunity to hear from staff members featured and presenter, Dr Kevin Fong who will form our Q&A panel.

This documentary, largely filmed at St Christopher’s Hospice in south east London, explores the moral questions about death that face not just the medical profession, but each and every one of us. The question of how we die is one that all of us must face, and yet we avoid talking about it.

Modern healthcare focuses on saving lives, but should we accept the inevitable and stop throwing everything into treating patients right to the very end? Are we over-medicalising death and the final years of life at the expense of providing better palliative care that would result in a better quality of life? Would resetting the system to provide better palliative care result in better quality of life and enable us to die happier? After all, only three per cent of us say we’d like to die in hospital but more than half of us will. Kevin meets medical professionals who are at the heart of these dilemmas, as well as people who are right now facing up to the question of how to die a better death.

Doors open at 6pm with the screening starting at 6.30pm. Drinks and canapes will be provided.

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