Digest This: Healthcare professionals and grief

    Suffering and death are a regular part of the work day for many healthcare professionals who struggle with their own grief, sense of loss and maybe failure, anger, and disappointment. What can they do to cope?

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    THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Healthcare professionals and grief

    Suffering and death are a regular part of the work day for many healthcare professionals. They struggle with their own grief, sense of loss and maybe failure, anger, and disappointment – all as they communicate with panicked or bereaved families, and try to care for other patients. Often, their hectic schedules don’t allow time to rest for a moment, and deal with their emotions.

    Several local hospitals are addressing this issue by encouraging open discussions among healthcare professionals; establishing monthly meetings, or “Grief Rounds”.

    We will be joined by three professionals who facilitate such discussions – and want to hear from healthcare professionals and consumers alike.

    What helps healthcare professionals deal with grief – how do you cope? When your family was experiencing a medical crisis, what are some things the healthcare professionals did that were helpful? Or what do you wish they would have done?

    Let’s get a conversation started!

    When: 12:00 noon Tues, Oct 27

    Where:
    Right here. Click the button in the right sidebar review an archive of the chat.

    Moderator: Maiken Scott

    Our guests are:

    Gelo, FlorenceFlorence Gelo, D.MIN., NCPsyA, Associate Professor in the Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at Drexel University. Dr. Florence Gelo has been a pastoral psychotherapist and psychoanalyst for over 25 years. She is the Behavioral Science Coordinator for the Family Medicine Residency Program, and the Director of the Humanities Scholar’s Program, at Drexel University College of Medicine.

    DeLisser-PictureHorace DeLisser, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist, University of Pennsylvania
    Dr. Horace DeLisser has also been interested in medical ethics, end-of-life issues, cultural competency and religion and spirituality in medicine. He is currently the Assistant Dean for Spirituality and Cultural Competency in the U Penn School of Medicine and has been very active in medical education.

    welshLinda B. Welsh, Ed.D., is a therapist and directs the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Bala Cynwyd. She is the Co-Director of Professionalism Education at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and facilitates discussions among healthcare professionals across our region.

     

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