We all know the pain of losing someone we love. But what if the way your loved one dies is so cruel it breaks your heart and tears your life apart?
Please join us for the premiere screening of The Broken Hearted: Life, Love and Death in WA, a film by Juliet Lamont and Josh Raymond.
Produced by Go Gentle Australia, The Broken Hearted tells the stories of Western Australians whose lives have been irrevocably scarred by needless suffering at the end of life.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
About The Broken Hearted
“The dying are the witnesses to their family’s pain just as the family are witnesses to theirs.” – Dr Libby Smales, palliative care physician
For three months in early 2019, filmmakers Juliet Lamont and Josh Raymond travelled across Western Australia, to hear stories of suffering at the end of life which have left scars across generations.
From Port Hedland to Denmark, Kalgoorlie to Karratha, Western Australians spoke to them with intimacy and urgency about the horrors they have witnessed, despite the often-heroic efforts of doctors and nurses.
The football champion whose mother’s house smelt of ‘blood and urine and death’. The former school deputy principal whose surfer husband died a death ‘you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy’. The mother of two whose own dying mother begged her father to shoot her and who, 25 years later is still traumatised by what happened. The wheatbelt family whose cancer-stricken father hanged himself in his work shed rather than die in a hospital with ‘tubes sticking out of him’. The doctor who will never forget the agonies of the friend she could not help.
What ties these people together is more than suffering. It’s love. The aching love of the broken hearted.
Ahead of their Parliament’s debate about whether or not to legalise voluntary assisted dying, more than two dozen Western Australians have courageously stepped forward to be heard.
Their message: 'What happened to us was cruel and unnecessary, and should never be allowed to happen again'.
PLEASE NOTE - trigger warning:
This film contains distressing content around grief, loss and death, which you may find traumatic. We encourage you to look after yourself and bring a support person. Should you notice that distress is lingering after the screening, please seek additional support.
300 Murray St
Top Floor, Raine Square
Perth, WA 6000
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