OUR HOUSE trains physicians and nurses at hospitals, hospices, and cancer centers on how to talk with patients who are dying and families who are grieving. We provide physicians a unique interactive opportunity to learn from our Grief Experts and OUR HOUSE Alumni and take the step from being a good doctor to a great doctor in the eyes of their patients. OUR HOUSE provides training to local medical and nursing schools, recognizing how impactful grief education can be. Since 1998, our medical education program has been part of the curriculum for each student at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine.

We train physicians and medical and nursing students on:

  • Universality of death and grief in our culture
  • Understanding children’s and adult’s natural grief reactions
  • Conveying compassion for dying patients and their loved ones
  • Examining their own relationship with grief
  • Enhancing communication with grieving patients

“When thinking about being a physician, I usually think about how I’ll be curing patients. I rarely think of the possibility of my patients dying. This session really opened my eyes to the inevitable – especially the role play. Acting out being the doctor or patient made me more compassionate.” – UCLA Medical Student

“It is important for us as doctors to treat patients and their families with respect, but also honestly because the things that we say when delivering bad news or at someone’s final moments will stick with their loved ones for the rest of their lives.” – USC Medical Student

“The training was a good learning experience that deepened my skills in how to be with people at and after their hardest moments in life and emphasize the ‘sacredness’ of being present and listening.” – Hospital Chaplain

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