It’s a good time to turn your attention to living wills and advance directives for medical decisions.

Palliative Care

INTEGRIS Health Physician Shares Personal Experience of Honoring His Mother’s Living Will

In his 30-year career as a family medicine physician at INTEGRIS Health, Dr. Jeffrey Cruzan thought he had plenty of experience and the strong communication skills needed to have the tough conversation with patients and their families about end-of-life care when a patient is terminally ill. But when his own mother developed non-treatable congestive heart failure, it was impossible to directly oversee her care because he lived three hours away. He soon realized his mother was suffering needlessly because his family was stressed and confused about the health care his mother needed to live comfortably for the rest of her life. 

That’s where advance care planning, and his mother’s living will, came to the rescue. Even with his professional experience, he says it was extremely difficult to have that discussion with his father and siblings about his mother’s end-of-life care. Still, because she already had a living will in place, Dr. Cruzan was able to follow her wishes and get his family on the same page so that his mother was able to live the days she had left as fully and peacefully as possible. 

To see more of Dr. Cruzan’s moving story, watch the video below. 

As National Hospice and Palliative Care Month wraps up, it’s a good time to turn your attention to living wills and advance directives for medical decisions. By planning ahead you can get the medical care you want at the end of life. For more information, please call INTEGRIS Health Palliative Care at 405-603-6928.


Palliative Care

Dr. Jeffrey Cruzan shares a personal experience on how palliative care impacted his own family

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