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Care for the Sick & Dying
In March of 2002, the bishops launched a website, www.embracingourdying.com,
which provides useful information for those who are willing to embrace
the dying individuals and/or parish communities.
Areas of concentration
are as follows:
- Declaration of Euthanasis/Sobre La Eutanacia - Prepared by the Sacred
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (5/5/80)
- Ethical & Religious
Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
- Nutrition and Hydration:
Moral and Pastoral Reflections
- An Explanation of Hospice and Palliative
- A Vision for Better Care at the End of Life
- Five Principals of Palliative
To download Hospice Care in the Diocese of Sacramento, you may download
information at http://hospicefoundation.info/county_list.pdf.
Some areas on concentration are as follows:
Hospice and the Catholic Parish
What does a Parish Nurse Do?
Starting a Health/Wellness Ministry in your Church
Parish Health Ministry
Parish Nurses: Care for the Sick, Healing for the Community
Pope Benedict XVI Backs Palliative Care for the Terminally
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 13, 2006 (Zenit.org).-
In his message for the World Day of the Sick, Benedict XVI appeals
for the promotion of palliative care for terminal patients.
"The Church wishes to support the incurably and terminally ill by calling
for just social policies which can help to eliminate the causes of many diseases
and by urging improved care for the dying and those for whom no medical remedy
is available," writes the Pope.
"There is a need to promote policies which create conditions where human
beings can bear even incurable illnesses and death in a dignified manner," he
"Here it is necessary to stress once again the need for more palliative
care centers which provide integral care, offering the sick the human assistance
and spiritual accompaniment they need," the Holy Father states.
According to the Bishop of Rome, "this is a right belonging to
every human being, one which we must all be committed to defend."
The Pope encourages "the efforts of those who work daily to ensure
that the incurably and terminally ill, together with their families,
receive adequate and loving care."
The message is also addressed to terminally ill patients.
"I encourage you to contemplate the sufferings of Christ crucified, and,
in union with him, to turn to the Father with complete trust that all life,
and your lives in particular, are in his hands," Benedict XVI exhorts. "Trust
that your sufferings, united to those of Christ, will prove fruitful for the
needs of the Church and the world."
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