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Dominican Presents Program on Hard Conversations about Illness and Mortality

Sunday, June 25, 2017

In conjunction with One Book, One Oak Park: Being Mortal, Dominican University is presenting a program on Thursday, July 20 titled “Hard Conversations about Serious Illness and Mortality.” The program will be held at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the university’s Priory Campus.

Julie Bach, assistant professor in Dominican University’s School of Social Work, and Rachel Hart Winter, director of the St. Catherine of Siena Center, will discuss how best to approach with loved ones the difficult topics of serious illness and dying. These topics are eloquently broached in Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, a collection of interviews with doctors, healthcare providers and patients. In the book, Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, examines the cracks in the healthcare system for the aged and shares the story of his own father’s dying and his struggle to listen attentively and compassionately to the his dying patients.

For more information on this free program, please contact Rachel Hart Winter at