BSDFF documentary resonates with Missoula hospice


    MISSOULA, Mont. - An award-winning film playing this week at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is already resonating with employees of a local health care provider.

    "A Certain Kind of Light," told through the life of Dr. Wil Alexander, outlines a new approach to end-of-life care. Alexander focuses on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual conditions of a patient by learning their stories.

    He calls it "whole person care," and the approach is already being used by staff at Hospice of Missoula, according to hospice owner and registered nurse Kit Jackson.

    "It's really the mindset that we already have, and what we already do," Jackson said.

    Jackson hosted a screening of the film this week for her employees. Hospice of Missoula is also sponsoring the film's screening at this week's film festival.

    "The reaction was how nice it is to see our theme songs, so to speak, being carried into a hospital setting," Jackson said. "You have to understand the human being. Between this moment and the moment you die is a finite period, and for us to get to go and in say, 'This is now your time, how do you want it to be?'"

    Jackson says that approach can inspire hope and believes the movie can too.

    "A Certain Kind of Light" plays at the Wilma Theater Sunday at 12 p.m. For more information about the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, click here.

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