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Classes, Events and Screenings Film Screening Explores New End-of-life Care Rules

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Samaritan North Lincoln Hospice will present a screening of the award-winning film, “New Rules for End of Life Care,” followed by a question and answer session with the film’s creator at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Terminally ill individuals and their loved ones, health care professionals and the community at large are invited to this free presentation.

“Many of us don’t understand that there’s a normal, natural way of dying,” said Barbara Karnes, RN, nationally known hospice care author and educator who created the 25-minute film. “My goal is to help neutralize the fear that families and significant others bring to the bedside during the end-of-life experience.”

As a former hospice nurse, Karnes was at the bedside of hundreds of people during the dying process. She was driven to explore the dynamics of dying when she noticed that each death followed a near identical script, that each person went through the stages of death in almost the same manner and that most families had the same questions. These realizations led Karnes to write books, speak and teach on the topic of end-of-life care.

In the film, Karnes compassionately explains the natural stages of the dying process. She provides important information on end-of-life care that addresses behavior changes pertaining to food, sleep and pain management. She gives this guidance in the hopes that family members can have a meaningful experience and sacred memory during their loved one’s final challenge.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City. For questions, call Samaritan North Lincoln Hospice at 541-996-7328.