Islanders and their friends are naturally curious with questions from personal health to a range of global issues. As the pivotal health provider, the Peaks Island Health Center offers community education programming on topics of both broad and specific health-related interest for individuals, their neighbors and family members. Often in collaboration with other organizations, these events can be lectures, informal talks or hand's-on opportunities such as blood pressure readings and hula hooping at PeaksFest. Past subjects have included the Vial for Life program, organ donation, end of life considerations and Alzheimer's Disease.
A community discussion of:
When Breath Becomes Air
DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
TIME: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
PLACE: COMMUNITY ROOM, PEAKS ISLAND
Join us for a discussion of Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s best-selling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7-8 PM in the Community Room. The discussion will be led by summer residents Joy Mills and Buck Benedict. Everyone is welcome.
Why read and discuss this book? Perhaps Kalanthi’s wife answers this question best. “Paul wanted to help people understand death and face their mortality.” She goes on to quote an e-mail he wrote to a friend explaining that he wanted to help readers get into his shoes, walk a bit, and say, “so that’s what it looks like from here….”
Through his example, Dr. Kalanithi shows how to live fully into dying and how to interact with physicians and caregivers to make sure we get what we need to accomplish our goals.
Joy Mills is a retired Episcopal Priest and pastoral psychotherapist. Buck Benedict teaches public speaking at the University of Pennsylvania. Copies of the book are available at the library. We look forward to seeing you, Thursday, March 9 at 7 PM.
The discussion is jointly-sponsored by the Library, the Peaks Island Health Center, and the Peaks Island Cancer Support Group