OPENING THE DOOR
for NEW CONVERSATIONS

CONNECTING WITH AUDIENCES ON A PERSONAL LEVEL

Using theatre to reach audiences on a personal level

Elizabeth Coplan, founder and chief playwright, started the Grief Dialogues in 2015 as a theatrical expression opening new conversations between grievers, those with terminal and chronic illness, and the health care providers who serve them.  In 2019 she joined forces with Virginia Mason Palliative Care Program to create an evening of short plays followed by a moderated discussion. 

History

Elizabeth Coplan, Founder and Chief Playwright, started the Grief Dialogues in 2015 as a theatrical expression opening new conversations between grievers, those with terminal and chronic illness, and the health care providers who serve them.  In 2019 she joined forces with the Virginia Mason Palliative Care Program to create an evening of short plays followed by a moderated  discussion.

 

At Grief Dialogues Health Care Education, we use theatre as the artistic expression most likely to reach an audience on a personal level. Theatre is the ultimate empathy generator. The productions allow us, as individuals and as a society, to face the untold, unheard, and often misunderstood tales of life and death.

 

 

We learn by engaging in theatre. The main goal is to feel what another is feeling, whether you are an actor on the stage, or a member of the audience sitting in a dark theatre.

We learn by engaging in theatre.

As medical care providers we walk confidently into the middle of your patient’s lives and give orders we expect to be followed, we ask sensitive questions expecting truth in reply, and we immediately prioritize health as each patient’s top value amongst all the deeply held values they hold dear.   These plays allow us a glimpse of all those other values that our patient’s and their families hold close to their soul.  What values other than health do you see these characters as claiming to be top in their values?  All of us have secrets, what we share is minute compared to what we keep hidden.  Notice how little of what is shared, comes from merely the words that are spoken.  How can you learn to listen to your patient’s/families using more than simply your ears?

 

So sit back.  Let us take you out of your comfort zone.  We ask only that you sit with other humans, sharing only a story.

According to the Centers for Disease, the U.S. records 2.6 million deaths a year. For each death there are an average of 12 mourners

We Have a Great Team

Our Board of Directors come from various professional worldwide and establish strategic partnerships with the world’s most experienced and committed healthcare professionals.

Elizabeth Coplan- Grief Dialogues Continuing Education

Elizabeth Coplan

Writer & Founder
The Grief Dialogues

Sharing my own story encouraged others to talk about their own grief stories and the conversation was started.

Dr. Robert Neimeyer

Dr. Robert Neimeyer

Psychology Professor at University of Memphis

Director of The Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Peggy Dickens BW

Peggy Dickens
MA, MHC

Solution-oriented, Strength-based Counseling & Coaching

Scott Coplan

Scott Coplan

Change Manager
Educator
Author and Speaker

Carla Rose Fischer

Carla Rose Fischer

Singer / Songwriter

We Have a Great Team

Our Board of Directors come from various professional worldwide and