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Group to show Oscar-nominated documentary: 'End Game' part of Healthcare Decisions Day

The Written Gift is a non-profit organization created to help people with their end of life planning needs. (Echo Press file photo)

Your decisions — your health care decisions — matter. And on April 16, which is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nonprofit organization in Alexandria is inviting the public to a special viewing of the documentary, "End Game."

The film, which was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for short-subject documentary, focuses on families grappling with disease, death and denial.

It will have two showings on Tuesday, April 16, one at 2 and another at 7 p.m., at Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Services in Alexandria, and will be followed by a panel discussion.

The event, sponsored by the nonprofit group The Written Gift, is free and no registration is required.

The film challenges viewers to reckon with their own mortality and break down the barriers between the known and the unknown, according to Kathy Fischer, a board member of The Written Gift.

The organization is dedicated to engaging people in the advance care planning process while promoting end-of-life choices based on a person's goals, values and beliefs. Members of The Written Gift want to help families in the advance care planning process, which includes filling out a health care directive.

A health care directive is a document that specifies a person's desires for care at the end of their life, and if they are unable to speak for themselves, identifies a person who will speak on their behalf.

When it comes to end of life, Fischer said it's emotional and there are times when making those hard decisions end up fracturing a family.

"We want it to go as smoothly as possible, which is why a health care directive is so important," she said.

For more information about The Written Gift, call 320-759-4243 or email thewrittengift@charter.net.

If you go

WHAT: Viewing of the "End Game"

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 1623 10th Ave., E. Alexandria

MORE INFO: Call (320) 759-4243, or email thewrittengift@charter.net.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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