Palliative Medicine

Here to Support You


If you or someone you know has received a life-changing diagnosis that could benefit from symptom management and support, you can take comfort knowing that the clinicians at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Pain & Palliative Medicine Institute are on your side. Hear from patients, families, and professionals as they share their experience of getting their symptoms eased and their peace of mind achieved.

Interdisciplinary Team


An team of physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and other allied health staff work together to provide each patient a personalized pain management plan and treatment.

Our Care Philosophy

Inpatient Palliative Care Service


The Pain & Palliative Medicine Institute was named the first Joint Commission-Certified program in New Jersey.

3 Core Health Care Professionals complete the specialty palliative care consult:

  • Physician/APN
  • Palliative Care Coordinator
  • Chaplain

The Most Awarded Hospital In The Nation

End-of-Life Doula Program


Our doulas are specialty trained volunteers who support life and provide compassionate presence when patients and families need it most. Our doulas are passionate about supporting patients and families through this sacred journey by affirming life.

Support People at the End of Life

Bereavement Resources


Bereavement is the state of loss when someone close to you has died and grief is a normal, healthy response to loss. Everyone feels grief in his or her own way and people’s responses to grief will vary. People working through the grieving process may find it useful to use coping strategies to help come to terms with loss.

Bereavement Resources to Help You

Social Work


Social workers help families navigate the health care system and provide crisis intervention services. Among the many critical functions they serve, social workers coordinate services for families between their medical care team and the home environment.

Social Support Throughout the Care Process

Child Life Services


These compassionate, skilled professionals are experts in providing education and emotional support to help children and their families cope with the experience of illness and being in a hospital.

Child Life Specialists Dedicated to Children and Their Families

Pastoral Care


Pastoral care offers complementary modalities of holistic care to patients, families, and staff recognizing the connection between the body, the mind, and the spirit in the healing process.

Spiritual Connection During Illness and Healing

General In-Patient Hospice Program


Hospice care embodies a philosophy of caring designed to restore dignity and provide a sense of personal fulfillment to patients.

A Positive Impact on Patients and Loved Ones

Palliative Medicine Resources

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