"Being Mortal" Project


HFA coordinated an 18-month nationwide public awareness campaign on the importance of talking about end-of-life preferences and goals with loved ones and medical professionals. The project was underwritten by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation and educated more than 60,000 people across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Over 500 hosts partnered with local community organizations to hold 1,430 screenings of the PBS FRONTLINE film Being Mortal. An audience discussion followed each screening and 96% of audience members left the event with plans to take action and discuss their end-of-life preferences for the first time.
HFA’s Being Mortal project was extended twice and ended on June 30, 2017. Due to continuing and widespread interest in the project, HFA is making the basic materials available to organizations that would like to bring a screening to their community. 

Interested in hosting a Being Mortal event?
Download the Community Screening Toolkit and start planning today!

Have you seen or read Being Mortal?
View the documentary now.
Order the DVD through PBS.
Order the book through Amazon. 

Want to know if an organization held an event in your community?
View the Event Host listing.

Curious about what event hosts had to say? 
View the feedback we received.

Being Mortal Press Releases
Being Mortal is Changing Lives - February 22, 2017
Being Mortal Extension - January 4, 2017
Being Mortal Project - January 19, 2016

New York Times article about the John and Wauna Harman Foundation - October 5, 2018