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Ths page contains links to articles and additional resources for those who are interested in learning more about the process or help fo illustrate the process we have termed Transitional Medicine. Transitional Medicine as defined it on Journey of Hearts™ combines the best of medicine, psychiatry or counseling, and complementary therapies to provide resources and support in the grieving process of going from loss through a transition to eventually reach healing following a loss or a life-changing event.This term describes an area of medicine long neglected—an area that is "stuck" between traditional medical and traditional psychiatric practices; this is the area where the topics of grief and loss seem to get "lost." It also includes aspects of Psychoneuroimmunology recognizing that the mind can and does play a significant role in the disease and healing processes.

With Transitional Medicine a person is educated about the "normal" grief response, including what to anticipate in the transformational process that occurs following a loss. In addition, the grieving person is encouraged to draw upon or discover their internal source of strength to help them through the grief reaction as well as being taught healthy ways of coping with the loss.

The articles selected for inclusion on this section explore some of the aspects of Transitional Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology, Adjunctive Therapies, and Learning to "Let Go" of patients professionally. Several of the articles have been previously published in medical journals, medical magazines or online. Others were used as part of the AMSA presentation "Dealing with Death and Dying in Medical Education and Practice." Others were part of the syllabus developed for the Somatic Aspects of Loss and Grief course taught for University of California Berkeley Extension.

      It is imperative that physicians remember to treat not only the disease,
      but also the person behind the disease.
      If we can connect with the person, not just the patient,
      we can impact both the disease and the person.
Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS

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