Brave Listening

Maya Scott, MSW

Inviting others to say what we might not want to hear.

One of the most poignant memories social worker and palliative care advocate Maya Scott has of her young daughter is when she told her parents she wanted no further medical treatment for her terminal condition. This wisdom, from a child who was not yet six, reminds us that patients often know their wishes towards the end of their lives; it’s the rest of us who must be strong enough to listen.

About the Speaker

Maya Scott, MSW, is a bereaved mother, palliative care consultant and ethicist currently practicing at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. Maya has worked as a grief therapist providing culturally responsive outreach and therapeutic care with a focus on individuals and families from historically marginalized communities.