Society for the Arts in Healthcare Ambassador Sandra Bertman tells why the Society is important to her both professionally and personally.
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By far the most illuminating and evocative portion of the house-staff
and faculty seminar on the Care of the Dying. Should be a required part
of every medical school and residency curriculum. Nan
Cochran, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School.
helped us break the barriers, both personal and professional, that many
of us have in talking about death and dying. Ellen
Mayer, Director, National Health Forum
students, faculty, and community members who attended stressed that
you gave the best presentation of the series...Intellectually rigorous
and emotionally compelling, provided the best possible introduction
to the series. John Hazen White
Honors Colloquium “Mortal Questions,” University of Rhode
were absolutely fabulous! Both of your keynotes received wonderful reviews.
Second Annual Powell Psycho-oncology
Symposium, Clearwater, FL
really have great gifts, and I thank you for sharing your wisdom, experience
and humour with us, but especially for sharing yourself. Bob
Hutcheon, M.D. L’Hospital do Montreal pour Enfants
is not often that the impact of the opening address from a key-note
speaker draws so many positive responses and does so much to set the
tone of the conference, Trevor Banks,
National Hospice and Palliative Care Conference, Australian Association
for Hospice and Palliative Care
inspiring presentation. I like feeling that if I saw/heard nothing else
the conference would be memorable. Keynote
Address, Victorian Hospice Society
I reflect on the gift you gave us last week in your presentation I realize
that I will revisit it many times. The overarching theme that returns
for me is that death was taken from it’s Hospice context and put
in a much larger, more global and historical context. You, again, for
me, put death on a continuum, from the solemn to the poignant to the
fleeting moment. Brooke Tenney,
Maine Hospice Council (Program on Children & Death)
wanted to take a quick moment to say “Thank you!” for the
wonderful course in Intermediate Grief Counseling last week at ADEC.
An incredible experience for me—both the content and for your
contagious aggressive teaching style. Harold
Ivan Smith, D.Min.
be required for every medical student and physician contemplating palliative
medicine Walter Taylor, M.D., AAHPM
the Massachusetts Bar Association felt the need to have a forum exploring
how lawyers should deal with a client’s impending death, Dr. Bertman
was recommended. We knew her to be the leading pioneer in helping professionals
understand the psychology of loss and the ethical and personal problems
confronting them, but we never expected her to deepen our interest or
understanding of suffering, death and grief through humanities materials.
Not only did she skillfully instruct us, she enabled us to put the knowledge
obtained from the arts, literature and philosophy to work for the good
of our clients and their families. Her use of literature and the arts
prodded us to reconsider our own personal professional commitment as
a calling–and reminded us that we are not only lawyers, we are
counselors at law. T. P. Jalcut,
Nutter, McClennen & Fish
w/ Loss & Grief: Artful Solutions.... (workshop)
really enjoyed this workshop and walked away feeling that I could use
the techniques learned about. ....
short. Wish we could have gone on!
enough time—what a great presentation...
a non-artist I appreciate having the visual stimulation and an opportunity
to experience my own feelings as well as other perspectives.
a lot of buttons and left me reeling!
moving, funny, eloquent portrayal of death. I laughed and cried! Thank