Our services are available as soon as the patient receives a life-limiting diagnosis. We collaborate with the patient's physicians to manage their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, including:​

  • Improving the management of pain and other symptoms
  • Helping to make everyone's time together as pleasant as possible
  • Advocating for effective communication between the patient, family and healthcare team
  • Assisting patients and their families in decision-making that is reflective of their values and preferences
  • Providing emotional support when facing difficult circumstances
  • Coordinating care between the hospital and home-based palliative care services (visits by nurses, social workers, chaplains and, when available, art and music therapists when discharged at home)

Perinatal Palliative Care

Perinatal Palliative Care focuses on providing comprehensive care to families who are coping with a possibly life-limiting prenatal or neonatal diagnosis. Often there is no right or wrong way to proceed once such diagnosis is given and many families struggle with making difficult decisions. Perinatal Palliative Care works to support each family with a multi-disciplinary group of physicians, nurses, chaplains, photographers, bereavement counselors and child life specialists. We communicate closely with all physicians involved in the care of a family, including the obstetricians and newborn specialists at Prentice Women’s Hospital/Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as pediatric sub-specialists at Lurie Children’s. In this way, we seek to collaborate with all providers and families in establishing goals of care at each phase of this challenging journey.