Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice


“Saying Goodbye” Screening at Black Bear Film Festival

October 21, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"Saying Goodbye" Screening at Black Bear Film Festival

The story of Karen Ann Quinlan made international headlines!

Why was the plight of this young woman who fell into a coma in 1975 so central to today’s laws on death and dying.

In Saying Goodbye, the emotional interviews with Julia Quinlan, mother of Karen Ann as well as Karen Ann’s siblings, speak to what happened to their family in the days and months that followed that fateful night of April 15, 1975. Along with lead attorney, the Honorable Paul Armstrong, and the late Father Trapasso, the family’s trials and anguishes are revealed.

Join us for the screening of this documentary at the Black Bear Film Festival in Milford, PA. The documentary will be screened in the Milford Theater on 114 East Catherine Street, Milford, PA 18337.

There will be a panel discussion after the screening and panelist will discuss the legacy of Karen Ann and all the people that are being helped today because of her.

For those of us born before the 1970s, we may remember Karen Ann Quinlan…. But do we remember exactly what happened… what were the court battles and why…and what of her subsequent death?


For those born afterwards, the story is even more unclear. 


Julia Quinlan tells her story of that fateful night and what happened during the emotional court case that followed. The documentary, Saying Goodbye, also features Mary Ellen and John Quinlan, Karen Ann’s siblings, the Honorable Paul W. Armstrong, the lead attorney for the Quinlans, and the late Father Thomas J. Trapasso who spiritually guided the family through the ordeal. 


Julia Quinlan is the President and Co-founder of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. Together with her late husband Joseph T. Quinlan she opened the hospice in 1980 in loving memory of their daughter Karen Ann. For over a quarter of a century, Julia has selflessly dedicated herself to ensuring dignified, comforting care for terminally ill patients and their families.

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