On Friday, November 9th, co-producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal facilitated their highly acclaimed Theatrical Film Presentation and Community Conversation event at the Fox Cities Peforming Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. The event, underwritten by Theda Care at Home with proceeds benefitting the Fox Valley End of Life Coalition and the Community Hospice Foundation, was the subject of a major article written by Cheryl Anderson of the Appleton Post-Crescent.
Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal were presented with Agrace HospiceCare's Excellence in End-of-Life Care Award at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin today (10/15) for their work on Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject. The award, given annually during Agrace's End-of-Life Forum, recognizes a community member who has made a difference in the lives of patients with life-limiting conditions and their families.
On Sunday, September 30th, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about the "cause and effect" relationship between Consider the Conversation and Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society's recently announced advance care planning initiative.
On Thursday, September 20th, the Wisconsin Medical Society announced the launch of Honoring Choices Wisconsin, a statewide, collaborative advance care planning project inspired, in part, by our film, and modeled after the good work that has been done for many years in La Crosse, Wisconsin with a program called Respecting Choices.
On Thursday, August 2nd, Stephen Kiernan, author of Last Rights: Rescuing the End-of-Life from the Medical System, and one of the national experts featured in Consider the Conversation, was the featured guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's At Issue with Ben Merens.
To listen to the podcast, please click here.
The Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI) will present a major conference entitled May We Talk: Having Those Difficult Conversations on Friday, November 16th in suburban Milwaukee.
On Friday, May 18th, Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen received a Silver Award for "Best Documentary or News Special" at the 82nd Annual Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism banquet at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee. In particular, Bernhagen and Kaldhusdal were recognized for the quality of their work on Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject - a film about the American struggle with communicaton and preparation at end-of-life.
Be sure to tune in to Wisconsin Public Radio on Thursday, May 10th from 3-4 p.m. (CST) as co-producers Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen are interviewed live and in-studio about the Consider the Conversation film project and its positive contribution to culture change in Wisconsin and beyond on At Issue with Ben Merens.
For the first time in nine months, a new contribution has been posted on the Consider the Conversation Blog. Entitled "A Simple Question with Profound Implications", it is a story from the hospice work of Mike Bernhagen and one that will challenge your definition of manhood.
To read the story, please click here.
Earlier today (4/18), Consider the Conversation co-producer, Michael Bernhagen, made a rare radio appearance along with Karen Carrig, President & CEO of Rainbow Hospice Care, on AM-940 WFAW's Morning Magazine Show in the small southern Wisconsin city of Fort Atkinson.
Together the pair talked about hospice care, the documentary, the Wisconsin Medical Society's response to the film's call to action, and the importance of talking with patients about end-of-life wishes at a time when they're not dying.