At the hour of our death

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Article Seniors Spirituality

Even death cannot rob us of our fundamental dignity as human persons. -From the U.S. bishops' Reflections on the Body, Cremation, and Catholic Funeral Rites

Burying the dead is a corporal work of mercy because Christians care for the bodies of humans-even though they are deceased. "The dead deserve as respectful a burial as can be provided, this is a minimum," says Father Richard Rutherford of the University of Portland.


Internal medicine: End of life ethics with Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M.

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Article Ethic of Life Faith and Science Spirituality
The debate about death with dignity needs the wisdom of the Catholic spiritual tradition, says this physician and bioethicist.

Seniors need some class: Let's have religious ed for our church elders

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Article Parish Life Seniors
Jesus taught adults, so why are parishes so focused on educating young children when the older members could really use the lessons? 

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Sometimes I feel like a motherless child: Dealing with death years later

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Article Marriage and Family Spirituality Women
Absence makes the heart yearn for a father's ear and a mother's lap.

It is in the natural order of things: Parents die and their children live on after them. If it happens and those parents are themselves young, it feels especially heartbreaking for the newly fractured family. Where will the father be to walk his daughter down the aisle? Where will the mother be when her first grandchild is born?


Voices from the debate: The church on end-of-life care

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Article Ethic of Life
While Catholic moral teaching on medical treatment has been in place for hundreds of years, the last three decades have seen increased development and debate.

Let your conscience be your guide: 7 steps to making good end-of-life decisions

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Article Ethic of Life Seniors
Making decisions about end-of-life care can feel emotionally and spiritually overwhelming, especially when the decisions are for someone else.

Let your conscience be your guide: 7 steps to making good end-of-life decisions

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Article Ethic of Life Seniors
Making decisions about end-of-life care can feel emotionally and spiritually overwhelming, especially when the decisions are for someone else.

Deathbed confusion: Struggling with decisions at the end of life

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Article Ethic of Life Seniors
When it comes to caring for the terminally ill, Catholics sometimes struggle to decide when enough is enough.

Deathbed confusion: Struggling with decisions at the end of life

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Seniors
When it comes to caring for the terminally ill, Catholics sometimes struggle to decide when enough is enough.

Deathbed confusion: Struggling with decisions at the end of life

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Seniors
When it comes to caring for the terminally ill, Catholics sometimes struggle to decide when enough is enough.

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