Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Here are pearls and takeaways from the session:
- Grief is highly prevalent among medical professionals yet is not currently integrated into clinical training.
- We should recognize that we may experience "gruilt" in our careers, a word that combines the grief that one has to carry as well as the guilt that might be a part of that grief.
- We should follow the CARE model when offering condolences to family members: Communicate compassionately, Assess risk for acute bereavement challenges, Refer when appropriate, and Educate about resources.
- We should know what words or phrases are helpful and which can be harmful when addressing an individual experiencing grief.
- What NOT to say: "How are you doing?", "They are in a better place now", "Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you", "I know how you feel", "You're strong enough to get through this"
- What TO say: "This is so sad and I'm sorry", "I wish you didn't have to go through this", "When you feel ready, I can come over and help out with [something specific]", "Tell me more about [name of deceased]", "I can't imagine how you are feeling"
Duke Medicine Learning, Education, and Discussion Series (LEADS) takes place each Tuesday at 12 p.m. Learn more and see schedule of upcoming sessions.