End of Life Initiatives

“In a frail human being, each one of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord, who in his human flesh experienced the indifference and solitude to which we so often condemn the poorest of the poor, whether in developing countries or in wealthy societies. And every elderly person, even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests! They cannot be thrown away!” Pope Francis (9/20/13)

Advance Directive Document

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, in consultation with experts in Catholic bioethics and law, has created an Advance Directive Document (PDF). We offer you this document, which is designed for the state of North Carolina, to assist you in ensuring that your care and treatment is consistent with the Catholic faith and your wishes. Click here for a summary document (PDF).

Bioethics Series

As part of our Bioethics series, we have developed three talks on End of Life issues. They are among the 10 talks on bioethical issues available on our Youtube channel. To learn more, watch the videos and download the resources at the links below.

Watch the 10 talks - Each is approximately an hour in length, suitable for an education night in your parish.

Summary and discussion document (PDF) to accompany the talks 

Promotional brochure (PDF)

Essay questions for those pursuing Diocesan Respect Life Certification (PDF)

Other End of Life Resources

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Euthanasia – Sections 2276-2279;
Suicide – Sections 2280-2283

Statement on Euthanasia, United States Bishops

Declaration on Euthanasia – Vatican, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website on Euthanasia

A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions, the National Catholic Bioethics Center

Life Matters: To the End of Our Days, USCCB Respect Life Program brochure