National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 is an opportunity for the faithful to make preparations for their care in the event of an unforeseen medical crisis. The Catholic bishops of Florida encourage the faithful to prepare for the unknown hour of death. The resources provided by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops help to ensure that end of life care is aligned with the teachings of the faith. Designating a health care surrogate and providing guidance for end-of-life decisions is the best way to make certain that morally acceptable procedures are followed if a person becomes incapacitated or unable to express their own wishes in the event of a medical emergency.
The following resources, available in English and Spanish, can assist in advance care planning and can be downloaded at: www.flaccb.org/declaration-on-life-and-death.
- A Catholic Introduction to End-of-Life Planning: a brochure to assist discussions with family, friends, health care providers and clergy.
- The Catholic Declaration on Life and Death: combines a designation of health care surrogate and living will into one document and is designed to be completed and shared with health care provider(s).
Understanding the Catholic Declaration on Life and Death: addresses common concerns and questions about the Catholic Declaration on Life and Death.