End-of-Life Decision Making

End-of-life decision making is never easy. It must be approached with compassion for both the dying and those who will be left behind. The New York State Catholic Conference offers numerous resources for Catholics and others regarding end-of-life decision making, including the video below, produced by the Conference through the generosity of a grant from OSV Institute.

Although it can be uncomfortable to talk about with others, it is important to share your health care wishes in advance with your loved ones. In the event of a serious injury or illness where you are unable to communicate on your own, expressing your preferences for health care treatment in advance will help provide guidance for your family and caregivers.

Our booklet “Now and at the Hour of Our Death” provides a guide for end-of-life decision making and legal options for New Yorkers for planning in advance. For those living outside of New York State, please visit www.catholicendoflife.org, a website providing resources and education for Catholics, according to the laws of their individual state.

Booklets are available for free in English or Spanish as individual copies, or for a low bulk-purchase rate for use in parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. (75 cents each, 2-99 copies; 60 cents each, 100-399 copies; 55 cents each, 400 or more copies), or as a PDF download in English or Spanish. Print booklets may be ordered by emailing info@nyscatholic.org or calling 518.434.6195.

For those interested in burial options and Catholic cemeteries, please contact your local diocesan office for more information.

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