Catholics and End-of-Life Issues



End-of-Life Issues (Hospice, Anointing of the Sick, Last Rites, Funeral Pre-Planning, etc.)  

Bulletin, Funeral Preplanning Article.pdf

Bulletin, Funeral Preplanning Worksheet (070715).pdf

Bulletin Insert, Funeral and Estate Preplanning (2014).pdf

Diocese Pamphlet, Funerals (English).pdf

End of Life Guide.pdf

Info Article, Hospice and Palative Care 1 to 3.pdf 

Sacrament of Anointing and Hospice Care.pdf

Understanding Hospice from a Catholic Viewpoint.pdf



U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services                                            


End of Life Decisions                                                                                                                   

What is Extraordinary?   (as it relates to human medical care)                                  

Now and at the Hour of Our Death  (A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decision Making by the Catholic Bishops of New York)                                                                                                                          


A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions   (National Catholic Bioethics Center)            

Nutrition and Hydration at the End-of-Life                                             


Catholic (and Contemporary) approaches to end-of-life care            

Papal Address on life sustaining treatments and "vegetative state" (St. Pope John Paul II)

Papal address on life sustaining treatements and vegetative state (JPII) (2004).pdf





Colorado Advance Medical Directives


Colorado Catholic Conference:  Catholic Healthcare Directive information


Advance Medical Directives and Artificial Nutrition and Hydration   (Medical Ethics Issue)


Choosing a Health Care Agent (a “proxy” or a “durable power of attorney for health care”)


Medical Durable Power of Attorney


Living Will


CPR Directive


Proxy Decision Makers for Medical Treatment


Guidance about Advance Care Planning for Children and Youth with Serious Illness