Category Archives: Supportive Care

Death, Redesigned

BJ Miller says there is a critical problem with the U.S. health-care system: It was designed with diseases, not people, at its center. Miller, a hospice and palliative medicine doctor and executive director at The Zen Hospice Project, has called for the U.S. health-care system to redesign how we care for, and alleviate the suffering […]

Don’t Allow Strangers to Control Your Fate

There’s an epidemic in our country when it comes to end-of-life care. We – both patients and health care providers – are failing to have the difficult but crucial discussions about dying. Dr. Zubin Damania, who moonlights as parody performer ZDoggMD, is determined to get the message out. He recently created the video “Ain’t The […]

Coping with Grief: Cassie’s Story

This Christmas season, Cassie Rodgers will be surrounded by family and friends. There will be gifts, tree-trimming and a trip to midnight Mass. There will also be a major void and coping with grief. Cassie, who works as an Automation/Enablement Specialist in Supply Chain Management for OSF HealthCare lost her son on Christmas Eve in […]

Dying in America (Part I): Reflections on IOM Report

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report entitled “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.” While the title specifies end of life care, the report itself notes that many of the recommendations would likely benefit many other patient groups. In other words, improving the care of […]