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
The Way We Were
January 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
One of the things I’ve heard many patients speak about is how their diagnosis resulted in what felt like an identity crisis—it seemed to change “who they were” nearly instantly, and in a very fundamental way. ...
PRESCRIBING E-MAIL
December 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed
As the year 2017 is coming to a close and a new year is approaching I find myself thinking about what has passed and what’s to come. ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

Join us on Wed., Feb. 14, from 1:00-3:00 PM for “How to Improve Communication with Doctors” hosted by the Vermont Center for Independent Living at the Unitarian Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington. Using our Difficult Conversations Toolkit, participants will identify questions and be prepared to talk with doctors about concerns with treatment options, quality of life considerations, and supportive care needs. To register contact Lynn Mazza at 802-442-1876 or lmazza@vcil.org .

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