Best Practices to Support End-of-Life Care

This moderated panel discussion will provide information and insights for chaplains, clergy, and religious leaders to understand how their role as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team can assist patients with medical decision-making and advance care planning. 

To equip and empower students, chaplains, and clergy to fully participate as an essential member of the interdisciplinary team caring for patients with serious illness, this program will focus on the unique role they have as an inspirational leader, educator and patient advocate. We will review lessons learned from experiences with COVID-19 patients and discuss resources and tools that can be used to facilitate goals of care conversations and communicate palliative and end-of-life care options in ways that help people make informed decisions.

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How it Works

  When: Available Now

  Duration: 90 minutes

  Format:  Recorded

  Price: Free

What You'll Learn

  •  Introduce state of healthcare in NJ with regard to end-of-life care and describe the importance of the move from a two-step decision-making paradigm to a four-step process to elicit goals of care for the patient
  •  Empower chaplains and clergy to understand how they can play an effective role in facilitating conversations between patients/families and their healthcare providers
  •  Present a model of spiritual care that includes assessing the patient’s spiritual state, potential distress, goals and values, family dynamics, ethical concerns, and possible organizational influences


Seminarians, Clergy, Chaplains, Faith Leaders



David Barile

David Barile

Dr. David Barile is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey (GOCCNJ), a non-profit partnership of leading healthcare providers, government agencies, and community organizations dedicated to helping patients get the care they need and no less and the care they want and no more. GOCCNJ provides valuable tools and information to help facilitate conversations about medical decisions at the end of life and is working to set a new standard of care in NJ by helping healthcare providers, patients, and families make medical decisions that genuinely reflect a person’s wishes. In addition to his role with GOCCNJ, Dr. Barile is Director of Palliative Medicine Services and Medical Director of the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director at Princeton Care Center Skilled Nursing Facility, Greenwood Hospice, and Goldenview Memory Home. Dr. Barile completed his undergraduate education at University of California at Santa Cruz and received his Doctorate of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his Internship and Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and a two-year Geriatric Fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Maureen Erwin

Maureen Erwin

Rev. Maureen is a Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain focused on palliative care, end-of-life conversations, and advance care planning. Until Covid, served as a Chaplain for Hackensack Meridian Health-JFK Medical Center. Maureen is certified as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator and Instructor by Respecting Choices. She serves as a speaker in the community for the NJ COYL, (conversation of your life) initiative to encourage individuals and families to complete their advance care documents. She works with the New Jersey Goals of Care Coalition to introduce the 4StepiCare tool to help Chaplains, Clergy, patients and families have better conversations with healthcare professionals to choose medical treatments that are aligned with a person’s goals of care when they are seriously ill or dying. Maureen obtained her MBA at the Rutgers Business School, and her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business. Maureen is an ordained community minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Plainfield, New Jersey.

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