Tuesday Closing Plenary Session: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Not Just a Sad Story
Nora McInerny

There’s nothing funny about brain cancer. But Nora and her late husband laughed all the time during his treatment and his hospice experience. No one wants to be just another sad story, and even the most tragic moments in life have an element of humor. In her talks around humor, grief and loss, Nora walks caretakers and healthcare providers through a more complex version of the patient experience, inviting audiences to laugh and cry alongside her, and reminds us of the humanity within the human body.

Learning Objectives: 
By the end of this session, participants will be able to…

  • Identify pity vs. empathy reactions and actions
  • Reframe their own stories of grief and loss 
  • Laugh about something very, very sad