Following the quarterly IP update, assembled GPHP members had the opportunity to hear from My Gift of Grace and Common Practice CEO Jethro Heiko and designer Rob Peagler, who delivered a presentation on End of Life Discussion for Healthcare Workers. “This is an emerging need,” Heiko explained. “People are seeing quality conversation as essential to improving the patient experience and patient care. Every time these conversations are avoided — and they’re avoided far too much — there’s a cost, even if it’s often a hidden cost.”
Heiko and Peagler next led a GPHP first, as attendees played the My Gift of Grace conversation game in small groups. The deck of 47 cards uses prompting, open-ended questions to get players talking about funerals, disability, philosophy and other topics that can help resolve important questions about end-of-life care. Designed to stimulate important but too frequently avoided conversations among anyone from friends and family, to colleagues, to IP meeting attendees, My Gift of Grace is available online at mygiftofgrace.com, with training details from Common Practice at ourcommonpractice.com.
Readers interested experiencing My Gift of Grace firsthand can join Heiko, Peagler and other members of the Common Practice team on the final Friday of each month at the Reading Terminal Market at noon. Details about this free event are available online through the My Gift of Grace website.
The Partnership will meet next at 8:30 AM on October 22nd, 2015, at the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund’s Breslin Learning Center (10th floor of the Land Title Building, at 100 South Broad Street). October’s featured speaker is yet to be announced.
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