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)

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

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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