Professional Group Learning Track
Bravely Discussing End-of-Life Realities, Wishes, and Goals
Our healthcare system is increasingly focused on giving voice to patient concerns about the importance of determining goals of care. This is critically important as it addresses both patient autonomy as well as appropriate use of medical resources. Advance care directives can be useful tools to guide care as patients become sicker, but are only as effective as the conversations that precede, support, and infuse the documents. These conversations are not easy, and are often approached lightly or even completely avoided. This series, Courageous Conversations, provides insights and strategies that can allow for effective, factual, and compassionate dialogue, whether it involves delivering bad news or providing guidance at the end of life.
Lesson One: DELIVERING BAD NEWS
Sharing unwelcome news with empathy and courage
Lesson Two: FACING THE QUESTIONS
Encouraging meaningful conversations and important planning
Lesson Three: RISKS AND BENEFITS
Acknowledging the realities and limitations of many end-of-life interventions
Lesson Four: TALKING ABOUT DEATH
Discussing the “taboo” topics of death and dying
Lesson Five: NORMALIZING DEATH
Providing comfort and support for those at the very end of life
Each Soul & Science Lesson offers a three step ACT Learning Group Process designed for a minimum hour-long meeting. Before each of the steps, the group should revisit their agreements as a way of creating a safe space for exploration and learning.