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Embracing Our Dying

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"To live in a manner worthy of our human dignity, and to spend our final days on this earth in peace and comfort, surrounded by loved ones—that is the hope of each of us.

In particular, Christian hope sees these final days as a time to prepare for our eternal destiny.

Today, however, many people fear the dying process. They are afraid of being kept alive past life’s natural limits by burdensome medical technology. They fear experiencing intolerable pain and suffering, losing control over bodily functions, or lingering with severe dementia. They worry about being abandoned or becoming a burden on others."

Read the full statement: US Bishops' Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Prayers for the Sick and Dying

Frequently Asked Questions


Church Teaching, Documents and Bishops Statements

Vatican Documents

Bishops Statements

Legal Forms and End of Life Directives

Catholic Advance Health Care Directive Form
(En Espanol) (for reference only; State requires that the form be completed in English.)

What is an Advance Directive?

What is a POLST?

Parish Resources

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