Below is a contribution from Randi Siegel, NHDD State Liaison in Pennsylvania.
Nathan Kottkamp recently blogged here about the power of stories to motivate people to do advance care planning. The Descendants, an award-winning film starring George Clooney, is one story that we can all use as a teaching tool.
First of all, just mentioning George Clooney may help get folks’ attention. So, too, may the publicity around this movie (including Golden Globes for best picture, best actor Clooney, and an Oscar for best adapted screenplay).
The film sets up Clooney as a middle-aged husband whose vital, healthy wife has just been seriously injured in a tragic boat racing accident. She now lies in a coma on life support. At her bedside, Clooney’s character, Matt King, pleads with his wife to awaken from her coma. After three weeks of waiting, doctors tell the anguished King that she will never wake again.