Free Webcast – End of Life Planning for Body and Spirit – May 19, 2020

By: Drew Rosielle, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care, M Health Fairview and
Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC, Research Staff Chaplain, M Health Fairview

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Handout – End of Life Planning for Body & Spirit 5.19.20

Despite decades of public education about advance care planning and health care directives, many patients and families remain unprepared cognitively, emotionally and spiritually. Palliative Care focuses on improving the quality of life of people with serious illnesses. It helps them find relief from the symptoms and stress that might be related to having a serious illness. Palliative care also provides support to family and loved ones.

Hospice care reflects the belief that quality of life should be encouraged and supported when quantity of life is limited. The Hospice philosophy embraces the right to experience relief from physical, spiritual and emotional pain that frequently accompanies a life-limiting illness.

Rev. Paul Galchutt and Dr. Drew Rosielle will share their perspectives as a former palliative care chaplain and physician on helping patients and families prepare for the end-of-life.


  • Describe an approach to end of life preparation that focuses on human connection and love, more than legalistic notions of ‘rights’ and ‘choices’
  • Identify the key role health care clinicians play in end of life preparation by discussing prognosis with patients and families

Drew Rosielle MD, FAAHPM is the Medical Director of Palliative Care at M Health Fairview. Dr. Rosielle’s interests are in promoting evidence-based medicine in palliative care, and helping health professionals communicate with empathy and clarity. He is an editor of Fast Facts and Concepts, an online series of short, peer-reviewed, palliative care monographs. He is the founding editor of Pallimed, an award winning palliative care blog, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and lectures widely on evidence-based palliative care and communication.

Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC is the Research Staff Chaplain at M Health Fairview – University of Minnesota Medical Center. He is the convener of the Hospice-Palliative Spiritual Care Research Network sponsored through Transforming Chaplaincy. For ten years Paul served as the inpatient palliative care chaplain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, and for the last twenty-four years he has been an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor.

Partner Organization:   Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care


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