A respect for life involves recognition of human dignity at every stage. Catholics have a responsibility to manifest the power of redemptive suffering as we face death or serious illness. Such a witness also comes from offering our care, support, and prayers for the sick and those nearing the end of life. Issues surrounding the end of life include artificial nutrition and hydration, euthanasia/assisted suicide, organ donation, palliative care, the completion of an advanced directive, and many other topics.

Please find below the links to important documents from the Church about end of life issues.

Advanced Directive for Health Care

Georgia Advance Directive For Health Care In conformity with Catholic teaching.

This document is a modified version of the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care as originally provided by the State of Georgia. This document now conforms to the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding end-of-life care.

The preparation of an Advance Directive for Health Care is a serious undertaking and should be completed after prayerful reflection and consultation with the documents on the bottom of page 1.

Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding this form.

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Directriz Avanzada para el Cuidado de la Salud del Estado de Georgia en Conformidad con las Enseñanzas de la Fe Católica.

Este documento es una versión modificada de la Directriz Avanzada para el Cuidado de la Salud del Estado de Georgia originalmente provista por el Estado de Georgia. Este documento ha sido modificado en conformidad con las enseñanzas de la fe católica sobre el cuidado durante el final de la vida. La preparación de una Directriz Avanzada para el Cuidado de la Salud es un proceso serio y debe ser completada luego de un profundo discernimiento que incluye oración y reflexión y en consulta con los documentos que se encuentran al final de la página 1.

Por favor comuníquese con nuestra oficina si tiene alguna pregunta sobre esta forma.

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2276

“Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2277

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