Being Mortal Brings End of Life Issues to the Forefront

A graduate of the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, attorney Bruce Weyhrauch has been practicing law for over 30 years. His practice, the Law Office of Bruce B. Weyhrauch, LLC represents clients with a variety of legal needs including matters related to natural resources, labor relations, fisheries, marine pilotage, and construction. In addition, Mr. Weyhrauch serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for End of Life Care.

The Foundation for End of Life Care is dedicated to supporting services that guide people through the processes they must undergo when facing end of life decisions. To that end, the Foundation, in conjunction with the Juneau Medical Society and Hospice and Homecare of Juneau, provided a free showing of the PBS documentary Being Mortal in 2016.

The film follows writer and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, who explores a variety of issues related to patients facing terminal illnesses. Specifically, Dr. Gawande explores how to care for those who are dying and the relationships that develop between physicians and these patients. 

Following the film, the Foundation hosted a discussion that revolved around difficult conversations that must occur within families. Planning ahead was a key focus of the discussion and facilitators encouraged participants to identify and communicate their goals, preferences, and priorities about their final days with loved ones.