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BBC 2 Horizon's We Need to Talk About Death + Q&A

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)
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2019 • UK • Documentary • 59mins • Cert 12A

In this BBC documentary, Dr Kevin Fong makes a personal journey through 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. Most of the filming also happened right here in south east London at St Christopher’s Hospice and the evening will be rounded off with a Q&A session giving you opportunities to hear from individuals featured and ask any questions the documentary might pose. It’s sure to be an insightful and thought-provoking evening – we hope you’ll join us!

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This screening is hosted by St Christopher’s and free to attend, please click below to RSVP and guarantee a place.


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