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Montreal Families

Movie about kids coping with terminal illness

As part of the International Congress on Palliative Care, there will be a free screening of the film Little Stars: Accomplishing the Extraordinary in the Face of Serious Illness on Oct. 18.

The film, which will be shown during the R. David Bourke memorial lecture, celebrates the courage, positivity and perseverance of young people battling terminal illnesses. It follows the journeys of several children who, despite their conditions, embrace the beauty of each day.

A discussion period led by Dr. Hal Siden from the Department of Pediatrics of the University of British Columbia and Medical Director of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice will take place after the screening.

This 21st edition of the congress will feature seminars and workshops on topics relating to palliative care including nursing and hospice care, research methodology, a student forum, multiple film screenings and sessions for participants to share their personal experiences with grief and loss.

The viewing of Little Stars will begin at 7 p.m. The congress, hosted by Palliative Care McGill, will take place from Oct. 18 to 21 at Palais des Congrès, 201 Viger St. W.

For more information, visit mcgill.ca/palliativecare/congress

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