Living and Dying: A Love Story

Documentary Living and Dying: A Love Story
Wednesday January 24
, 2018  | 3:00-5:00pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

 The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents the film Living and Dying: A Love Story. Following the film, two local volunteers with End of Life Choices Oregon will discuss issues affecting access to using the Death with Dignity Law in our local North Coast communities.

 Living and Dying: A Love Story is an intimate family film by Sher and Rob Safran, documenting the last week of Sher’s parents’ life. Retired Kaiser Permanente surgeon, and former medical missionaries, Charlie and Francie, now in their late 80s and residing in a continuing care retirement community, have both been diagnosed with six months or fewer to live. Longtime supporters of the right-to-die movement, Charlie and Francie have chosen to use the State of Oregon’s Death with Dignity option — together.

With loving and logistical support from eldest daughter Jerilyn, medical evaluations by caring physicians, and practical information and guidance from volunteers with End of Life Choices, Charlie and Francie move through the Death with Dignity qualification process.

 The film highlights the family’s remarkable acceptance of death, open communication, and intentional preparation.

 As the date for their planned death nears, their family gathers with laughter and tears to celebrate Charlie and Francie’s 70 years together, and to say goodbye. Days later, Charlie and Francie fulfill their heartfelt wish — peacefully passing, hand in hand.

 Filmed in cinéma vérité style, this powerful film is about so much more than Death with Dignity; it is an invitation to change the end-of-life narrative by embracing living and dying with equal measures of love.

 The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  There is a $5 fee to attend. 

 Please note the change to Wednesday
All Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018

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 The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Tela Skinner, at

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