Talking about death and dying is difficult. Yet, it is precisely conversations and advance planning like this that can help ease what will always be a difficult situation. This series was produced with the intention of providing guidance on specific end of life topics to help form your conscience – no matter what your stage in life is. Please take this time as an opportunity to discuss your wishes with your family and loved ones in light your Catholic faith. Your parish and diocesan offices are available to serve as a resource. At Catholic hospitals, there are also chaplains or ethicists to guide you, as well.
The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has numerous resources on end of life topics, many of which can be downloaded and printed. USCCB End of Life Resources
Video 1: Introduction
Archbishop Listecki introduces the End of Life video series and encourages parishes to access and utilize the resources this series provides.
This resource helps foster conversations on treatment planning and answer questions related to decision-making utilizing the Church’s teaching. It includes guidance for those facing health issues, as well as health care professionals and other caregivers.
Now and at the Hour of Our Death
Video 4: Surrogate Decision-Making
Learn how and when family members or care providers can make decisions for end of life matters.
There are many directives for ethical and religious decision in a health care setting. The document below describes many of these directives.
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Heath Care Services
Video 5: Artificial Hydration and Nutrition
Learn about the factors that influence decisions related to the use of artificial nutrition and hydration. Viewing the videos on Treatments and Palliative Care may also be helpful.
Video 6: Euthanasia
Learn what constitutes euthanasia and how it differs from decisions about treatments at the end of life.
Video 7: Hospice Care
Learn about hospice care and how this model of support is best suited for persons at the end of life.
Video 8: Palliative Care
Learn about palliative care and how this model of support is best suited for individuals living with a serious diagnosis.
Video 9: Pastoral or Spiritual Care
Learn about the essential and integral role pastoral or spiritual care plays in ministering to the whole person.
The End of Life video series complements in-person presentations. These presentations provide individuals with in-depth information and access to resources, and are hosted by parishes throughout the archdiocese. Check out the presentation schedule below to attend any of these free presentations.
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