Great article about a doctor and his sister. Learning from grief that was her own, he was able to utilize that emotion as empathy for others. Pastoral Thanatology, Grief Counseling and other care giving modalities are all founded on empathy and the ability to utilize it. Please also review also review our program and see if it matches your professional needs.
The article, “Grief as My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor” by Joseph Stern states.
“As I left the room, Meghan thanked me and said this was the first doctor’s appointment she had had in a long time where she didn’t cry. I never used to cry when speaking with patients. I would gird myself, push forward, distract myself with new and pressing problems to fix; I focused on technical, rather than human, matters. Now, I told Meghan that I would cry for us both. My sister was present in that room, in the patient sitting before me and in the way I was newly able to comfort and reassure her.”
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This article shows that sometimes the best way to under empathy is to experience it literally yourself. Doctors can be caring and involved. They can learn better patient skills through various Pastoral Thanatology Programs, as well as Grief Counseling Programs. Please review AIHCP’s programs in both Grief Counseling and Pastoral Thanatology