I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

In my blog “With Great Difficulty or More Fully” (July 24, 2021), I referenced an article written by Dr. Ira Byock in which he discussed how doctors faced the end of life. Whether it was coincidence or not, only a few days after reading Dr. Byock’s article, a friend sent a poem by Dawna Markova (Awakin.org) titled “I Will Not Die an Unlived Life.” I’d like to share it with you.

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With Great Difficulty or More Fully

A few days ago, I came across a folder on my computer that contained a New York Times article (June 30, 2016) titled “At the End of Life, What Would Doctors Do?” by palliative care physician Dr. Ira Byock. The article explored what doctors think when facing death, referencing Dr. Ken Murray’s online essay “How Doctors Die,” which offered a personal observation that doctors who recommended late-stage treatments may not prescribe the same for themselves.

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The Center for Communication in Medicine presents workshop to the Vermont Psychological Association

On Friday, June 4, the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) presented a workshop to the Vermont Psychological Association. The program, “Helping Patients Communicate with Healthcare Providers” introduced psychologists to CCM’s signature tool, SpeakSooner: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations.  CCM Executive Director, Bernard Bandman, PhD and Battenkill Valley Health Care physician, Dr. Michael Welther […]

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Gordian Knot

The other day a dear friend Rachel Hadas emailed to tell me that she “loves the intuitive wisdom, in cutting through Gordian Knots, that I demonstrate in my blogs.” I liked the sound of what she was saying but wanted to be sure that I understood the meaning of her words. So, as I often do, I looked up the definition of Gordian Knot. You see, Rachel is a renowned poet and professor of English Literature at Rutgers University and her metaphors are chosen with care.

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Coping With COVID-19 – A free online webinar

On May 11 at 6pm The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will offer a free online webinar, “Coping With COVID-19: The Lived Experience of Patients, Loved Ones and Healthcare Providers.” CCM is committed to presenting SpeakSooner community education programs through our online platform.   The panel includes COVID-19 patient Jim Raposa, his wife Claudia, […]

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Willingness to Do the Best We Can

I was recently re-reading an email exchange with Dr. Skip Durning, who at the time was director of Hospitalist services at North Adams Regional Hospital. He wrote to me following a presentation to hospital staff that included our video “Voices from the Lived World of Illness.” After the viewing, the discussion with attendees highlighted the challenges of healthcare communication, especially when someone is seriously ill.

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