When Bob, Denise and Maggie’s elderly father, receives his terminal cancer diagnosis, they encourage him to prepare his end-of-life care plan so there’s no misunderstanding of what he wants or doesn’t want. But Bob is not having any part of it even though his doctor is encouraging him too. Throw in some family dynamics, disagreements and resentments, plus a healthy dose of stubbornness, and the scene changes dramatically when Bob is hospitalized.
Through the film’s story, we:
- encourage families to engage in advance care planning and to help them start making better informed decisions for themselves and their families,
- share our experiences and offering meaning,
- explore/understand other people’s situations, and
- see how the characters handle adversity and conflict and to ponder how they themselves would handle a similar situation.
Because, after all, who doesn’t love a good story.
The Power Of A Story
According to the Society of Neuroscience, stories wrestle with difficult emotions and process confusing events that help people regain a sense of control when they need it most. Telling stories is the best way to teach, persuade, and understand one another. We remember and make connections more easily when information or experience is pinned to a story. Stories provide structure and order. They make ideas and experiences familiar, predictable, and comforting.