death, dying, tough conversations

LLP033: Death, dying and tough conversations with Maria Davis-Pierre LMHC

It is the bodies normal defense mechanism to keep us from doing things that will cause us harm. The conversation of death, grief & loss is one of those things that we avoid until we absolutely have to face it. For many health care providers these conversations can become daunting because the reaction is never the same for two families alike. I wanted to approach the subject because I have seen far too often families be more devastated by the lack of preparation for the inevitable than that actual event itself.

This week I enlisted the assistance of Maria Davis-Pierre LMHC, who specializes in grief in loss to discuss not only what we as health care workers can do to help further the discussion but how families can start the process as well.  


In this episode you will learn:

  • Who is Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC
  • How has she been so important in the way I practice medicine
  • Why it is important to talk about grief & loss
  • How she prepares mentally to discuss grief/loss with other families
  • The stages of grief 
  • When is the right time to have the discussion
  • What is the best way to start the conversation
  • What is the biggest thing holding others back from discussing grief/loss

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