"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."
Church Teaching, Documents and Bishops Statements
- Living the Gospel of Life
- On Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- The Culture of Life and the Death Penalty
- On Assisted Suicide
Legal Forms and End of Life Directives
- End of Life - Pastoral Guide (English PDF)
- End of Life - Pastoral Guide (En Espanol)
- A Catholic Guide to Critical End of Life Decisions: Advance Directives
General Information about Hospice:
Articles Elsewhere on the Web