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.
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.
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.
Our Board of Directors come from various professional worldwide and establish strategic partnerships with the world’s most experienced and committed healthcare professionals.
Writer & Founder
The Grief Dialogues
Sharing my own story encouraged others to talk about their own grief stories and the conversation was started.
Psychology Professor at University of Memphis
Director of The Portland Institute for Loss and Transition
Solution-oriented, Strength-based Counseling & Coaching
Author and Speaker
Singer / Songwriter
Our Board of Directors come from various professional worldwide and
Grief Health Care Education educates medical providers and the patients they serve to advance, sustain, and support vital death and grief conversations through a collection of curated theatrical productions and narratives.
1107 First Ave, Suite 907
Seattle WA 98101
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm