|Dealing with Death & Dying
in Medical Education and Practice
© 2001 Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS Email:email@example.com
AMSA Convention March 30, 2001
1. Finding Strength
"When bad things have happened to you before, how have you coped?"
"What are your sources of strength?"
"Who will you turn to for support?"
"Even though thre are some things you can no longer go, what activities can you still enjoy?"
"Are there things about you this disease does not affect?"
"Can you imagine getting better?"
"What do you feel like doing right now?"
"Do you have any secret dreams or desires?"
"Is there something you've always wished you could do? What is stopping you from doing it?"
"How are you feeling today?"
"How are you doing withing yourself?"
"What does this news mean to you?"
"Does this news casre you in any way?"
What do you think caused your illness?"
"Where do you think your illness came from?"
"Why did you come down with this now?"
"What are you hardest on yourself about?"
"What is the wrost thing you've ever done?"
"Is there anything you've done in your life that you cannot forgive yourself for?"
"Is there anyone you really want to talk to before you die?"
"Is there someone you've never been able to forgive?"
"Are you a spiritual or religious person?"
"Do you ever pray or meditate?"
"Has your life ever changed dramatically before?"
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Journey of Hearts, www.journeyofhearts.org