End of Life Care
We are all in need of healing, but the Gospel message of Lourdes goes far beyond physical cures to a healing of the heart, where Jesus most wants to touch all of us.
~ Cardinal Wuerl
The Department of Life Issues has compiled a series of four bulletin inserts as an aid for reflection on end of life issues and what it means to have a happy death. These inserts can be used as a series, individually or as a ministry aid with RCIA, young adult/youth ministry or adult faith formation.
- A Pilgrim People (grayscale)
- A Life Without Regrets (grayscale)
- Life is Changed, Not Ended (grayscale)
- Final Perseverance (grayscale)
Advances in medicine and technology have led to more and more complex decision-making. As a Catholic, what are the key issues and facts? What questions should you ask before making any decisions or signing any documents? What is an Advanced Medical Directive and what kind is most appropriate – a Durable Power of Attorney? These easy-to-read resources will help give you the answers.
- Care of the Sick and Dying, a Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of Maryland
- National Catholic Bioethics Center’s Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions
- Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health CareServices, Fifth Edition
- Resources from Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.
- Resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Seek First the Kingdom blog posts by Cardinal Donald Wuerl