A Search for Meaning
Bob Gramling, M.D., D.Sc., has witnessed grief in its many forms. As the inaugural Holly and Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine and a professor of family medicine, he counsels seriously ill patients and their families while they navigate the
challenging terrain between life and death. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gramling worked with a UVM Medical Center team to provide critical support at a Burlington nursing home experiencing an outbreak. He sat with patients, often holding a phone
or iPad, so they could say goodbye to loved ones who, because of safety precautions, couldn’t be present. The forced distancing was difficult, but moments of connection still emerged.
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