End-of-life Care: How You Can Help Stressed Surrogates

American Medical News looks at the grief that comes with losing a parent, spouse or sibling after a long illness which can be devastating. But there is an additional burden for family members involved in making end-of-life care decisions on behalf of loved ones. "We really need to have hospital spaces where families have room to be in there with patients, not just a chair but a cot to encourage relatives to stay there," says Jason Karlawish, MD, associate professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and associate director of the Penn Memory Center. "We need a space to meet with families that's a respectful, quiet place, not the house staff lounge where there's the residue of last night's Chinese dinner." American Medical News article