Hospice Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies is set to roll in the new year, presented by the Chilliwack Hospice Society at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas.
It kicks off January 14 with the film, This is Where I leave You, with Tina Fey.
The 2015 Film Series will be on the second Wednesday afternoon of every month, from January to June, with a guest speaker and little talks after each one.
“They are all entertaining films,” said Colleen Rush, education coordinator at Chilliwack Hospice Society.
“But they all have characters who have suffered a loss.
“Some are trying to answer the question, ‘Where do I go from here?’ They are exploring ways to live life to the fullest.”
Hospice Society is bundling the six film tickets, and packaging the 2015 Film Series as a unique and thoughtful gift idea for Christmas, priced at $30.
The films will allow them to broach some of the issues being faced by the characters around death, dying and grieving.
“Often in society there isn’t a way for people to come together. A film is a shared experience, but yet they can still remain anonymous and incognito.”
A guest speaker will chat about issues highlighted or services like hospice palliative care.
“The Film Series was created as a way to engage people in an organic way,” said Rush.
They’ve been showing film for four years now, but this is the second year that they’ve created a monthly film showing for six months. Other hospice organizations are so impressed they’re setting up their own similar events.
They’ve already sold many series passes in Chilliwack. Not surprising since they attracted about 50 people per film last year.
“It was a big success,” said Rush. “Based on the feedback we got, we decided to make the film screenings earlier in the day for this year.”
The 2015 films will be shown from 1 p.m to 3 p.m, with a short discussion to follow.
“Many who attend are seniors or retirees. It’s nice to have something to do on a weekday.”
It’s another way to socialize with other cinephiles.
“I love movies myself and my mom loves them, too. It’s something we can do together.
“For us at the Hospice Society, it’s an opportunity to raise awareness about our programs and services in an entertaining way.”
Film Series 2015 presented by the Chilliwack Hospice Society at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., tickets are $6 each, or pre-purchase a series pass with all six films for $30. The film schedule is as follows:
• This is where I Leave You – January 14
• The Lunch Box – February 11
• About Time – March 11
• The Judge – April 8
• The Bucket List – May 13
• The Way – June 10