DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
Finding A Path Through Illness


There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Our “paradigm changing” programs educate communities about the patient’s role in opening difficult and meaningful conversations with family and healthcare providers. Learn More

A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
UNCERTAINTY IS THE REFUGE OF HOPE
October 24, 2018 at 10:51 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

UNCERTAINTY IS THE REFUGE OF HOPE The Journal Intime Henri Frederic Amiel

Recently, I was reminded of a patient from time passed who had asked me, “How does one live with uncertainty?” In The Wounded Story Teller writer and patient Arthur Frank notes, “When a doctor tells us we are sick they are not just diagnosing us—they are initiating a new chapter in the story of our lives. What would it be like for patients to tell their stories and doctors to read them?” ...
Quality of Life – We All Want It But What Is It?
September 26, 2018 at 9:45 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, Newly Diagnosed, Patients
In Man’s Search for Meaning Victor Frankl said, “The quest for meaning is central to the human condition, and we are brought in touch with a sense of meaning when we reflect on that which we have created, loved, believed in or left as a legacy.”  ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

The exclusive screening of "Patch Adams" was another success in SpeakSooner's Community Education film series. Dr. Michael Welther, SVHC primary care physician, led a lively post film discussion with audience members. 

Special thanks to program sponsors: Community Bank, People's United Bank, MH Professional Engineering, Tri-State Federal Credit Union, Jerome Construction, Bennington Potters, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, GVH Design Studio and our many supporters in the community - especially Bakkerji Krijnen and Oldcastle Theatre.

The most important questions don't seem to have ready answers. But the questions themselves have a healing power once they are shared.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Kitchen Table Wisdom