End of Life Initiatives

Advance Directive Document

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, in consultation with experts in Catholic bioethics and law, has created an Advance Directive Document (available in English and Spanish below). 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.



Bioethics Series on End of Life Issues

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 


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