Dignified Dying – The Story of My Father

Richard Stone tells the story of his father’s hemorrhagic stroke and his family’s difficult decision of continuing treatment or turning to palliative care. The video illustrates how our culture does not always equip us with understanding how to handle the process of death. With his story, Stone acknowledged the patient voice principle of dignity, and how this is so important when it comes to dealing with this life process.

Stone is a nationally recognized speaker on the power of storytelling and its applications in healthcare. He got his start more than 20 years ago with the creation of the StoryWork Institute, where he developed story-based training programs for team building, leadership development, and diversity training for healthcare institutions. He has worked with organizations such as Novant Health, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and MedStar Health, as well as training hospice volunteers and staff around the country through his program, “Journey Into the Healing Power of Storytelling.”

Stone has authored many books, including “The Healing Art of Storytelling,” “Stories: The Family Legacy,” and “The Kingdom of Nowt.” He is also the co-author of “The Patient Survival Handbook.” Prior to joining Synensis, he was the StoryAnalytics Master for the IDEAS Innovation team, where he co-created StoryCare┬«, an innovative program for driving behavioral change among healthcare staff to improve patient safety and satisfaction.

“Having the opportunity to share my family’s experience and the tough choices we had to make as my father died has been a powerful experience,” Stone said. “I hope that what we learned benefits others as they make this journey with their loved ones, and that the other voices being heard through the Patient Voice Institute have a transformative effect on patients and families around the world.”