How does a doctor who deals with the death of patients on a regular basis confront his own loss when his beloved sister is living out her last days?
Despite a career as a neurosurgeon, Joseph Stern learned more about the nature of illness and death after his younger sister, Victoria, developed leukemia than his formal medical training ever taught him. Her death broke down the self-protective barriers he had built to perform his job and led to a profound shift in his approach to medicine.
During the year of his sister’s illness, Dr. Stern developed a greater awareness of the needs of patients and their families; of the burdens they carry; of the importance of connection, communication, and gratitude; and of what it means to ask the right questions.Grief Connects Us bridges the gap between patients and doctors, providing a window into their shared concerns. Interspersing reflections from Victoria's journal, stories of patients and colleagues, and insights from experts, Dr. Stern has orchestrated a symphony of voices guiding us toward greater mutual understanding and appreciation of the beauty and fragility of life.
No matter which side of the patient-doctor relationship you find yourself on, listening with empathy, a willingness to be vulnerable, and emotional agility are skills we can all develop to improve how we meet difficult, unavoidable challenges.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Sanjay Gupta, MD ix
Introduction: A Neurosurgeon's Journey 1
Chapter 1 Diagnosis 9
Chapter 2 Learning to Tie Knots/Arc of a Career 27
Chapter 3 The Patient's Perspective 43
Chapter 4 Reconnecting/First Visit 55
Chapter 5 Transplant/Second Visit 77
Chapter 6 Leukemia Returns: In Memoriam 89
Chapter 7 Pat (Also a Love Story) 105
Chapter 8 Doctors Speak: Conversations with Colleagues 129
Chapter 9 Patients SPEAK: The Healing Garden 159
Chapter 10 From Emotional Armor to Emotional Agility 199
Chapter 11 Enhancing Palliative Care: Asking for a Most Benevolent Outcome 217
Chapter 12 Compassion as a Core Value: Improving the Patient Experience 231
Conclusion: Compassion and Coronavirus 247