Atul Gawande

Press Release: Free Five Wishes at HFA “Being Mortal” Screenings

Aging with Dignity

Focus is on safeguarding human dignity during times of serious illness

Washington D.C. and Tallahassee, Fla -- Hospice Foundation of America’s “Being Mortal” public awareness campaign, underwritten by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation and currently underway nationwide, will now offer complimentary Five Wishes, America’s most popular advance directive, to community organizations participating in the campaign. 

Using screenings of the PBS Frontline Emmy-nominated film, “Being Mortal,” featuring physician and surgeon Atul Gawande as its cornerstone, the campaign seeks to educate audiences and encourage people to take concrete steps to identify and communicate their wishes for end-of-life care.  The Frontline program, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Dr. Gawande, is being shown and discussed at more than 400 locations nationwide. In addition to viewing the film, people who attend one of the events across the country now have the opportunity to receive a free copy of Five Wishes, which helps them document their own wishes in their own words.

“Having the conversation about end-of-life care is important, and Five Wishes helps people do that,” Aging with Dignity President Paul Malley said.  “With more than 25 million copies in national circulation, Five Wishes has shown it can help make an often difficult process much easier and more meaningful.”

The national non-profit organization Aging with Dignity is the creator and distributor of Five Wishes, which is available in 28 languages and in Braille.  Dubbed “the living will with a heart and soul,” Five Wishes addresses medical and legal concerns, but also deals with important matters of comfort and dignity, as well as the many other personal, family and spiritual concerns people say matter most.  Five Wishes is used all over the country and world to help people plan ahead of a serious illness.

The “Being Mortal” public awareness campaign directed by HFA is made possible by a generous grant from the Harman Foundation, which also underwrote the PBS film.  The distribution of Five Wishes is sponsored by HFA, Practice Management of America, Aging with Dignity and Lilly Creek Capital Partners.

“We’re so very grateful for the hundreds of organizations that are hosting “Being Mortal” screenings and promoting these critically important conversations across the country,” HFA President & CEO Amy Tucci said.  “Ninety-three percent of ‘Being Mortal’ screening attendees who haven’t put advance care plans in writing say they will do so after seeing the film and participating in a post-film discussion. Five Wishes can provide an additional way for many of them to do that.”

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Contact:

HFA: Amy Tucci (800) 854-3402 ext. 1001
Aging with Dignity: Paul Malley (850) 681-2010 ext. 103


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  • Hospice Foundation of America
  • Atul Gawande
  • Being Mortal
  • Five Wishes
  • community
  • conversation
  • advance directive
  • advance care planning

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