Tag Archives: death and dying

5 Songs About Death

Whether we like to admit it or not, death is all around us. From the television shows and movies we watch to the books we read to the tabloid stories that catch our eye, the topic of death is everywhere. It’s interesting to note that while no one enjoys being faced with their own mortality, […]

Comfort Care

Contributed by: Mary Garrison, RN – Palliative Care Nursing, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center When someone is nearing the end of their life, caregivers may begin asking the patient and loved ones how they feel about stopping aggressive treatments. These treatments are ones that are meant to prolong life, but sometimes have a serious impact […]

Developing POLST Forms in Illinois

What is a POLST form? The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is an advance directive-like, portable form used in many states across the US. Over a year ago, it was made legal for use in Illinois. The form allows for patients with their doctor’s input to put their end-of-life decisions into medical orders […]