A hospice isn’t usually a place associated with music, but Strathcarron Hospice, near Glasgow, is a bit unusual. “More life in your days” is their motto, and this remarkable documentary, filmed over four years, is a testament to that maxim. The film details the journeys of six people who utilize the daycare services at Strathcarron, where they are encouraged by a dedicated (and very musical!) nurse who uses singing as a fundamental part of the coping process. Songs by Sinatra, Sting, Cass Elliott, REM, and others become the soundtrack for the lives of Tosh, Dorene, Julie, Nicola, Iain, and Alicia; Nicola’s rendition of “Everybody Hurts” is sure to bring even the most jaded audience member to tears. But be assured: this is not a typically depressing movie about death. Rather, it’s a celebratory film about making the most of (the rest of) your life, told with equal parts humour and humanism.
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Romayne Gallagher, a physician in the Palliative Care Program at Providence Health Care and a Clinical Professor in the Division of Palliative Care at UBC; Kelly Konyk RN, BSN, St. John Hospice, UBC Campus; and Ingrid See RN, MSN, VCH Nancy Chan Palliative Care Ambulatory Clinic.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.
All screenings are at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.