end of life

Cherishing Life – Accepting Death

There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision making about appropriate treatment. 

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Parish Resources

Day for Life 2015 falls on Sunday 26 July. In this section you will find an experience-led reflection on the theme 'cherishing life, accepting death', biddin... Read more


End of Life Decisions

In this article we have produced a digest of what the Catholic Church teaches with regard to end of life decisions. Read more

End of Life


A prayer that can be offered for the intercession of St Joseph to ask God to guide those at the end of life to a good death. O blessed Joseph, who breathed...Read more

Pope Francis

Losing a Loved One

Pope Francis, in a reflection given at his weekly Wednesday audience, offered a meditation on the loss of a family member, the pain and suffering it brings,...Read more

Pope Francis

The Final Farewell

Pope Francis used his reflection at Mass in the chapel at Casa Santa Marta on 19 May 2015, to talk about the ultimate meaning of every farewell – great or sm...Read more

Pope Francis

Care for the Elderly

On Thursday 5 May 2015, Pope Francis addressed members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Palliative care, he said, β€œis an expression of the properly human...Read more


Anscombe Bioethics Centre

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice. 

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