In his Message for the World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis acknowledges the difficulty of encountering sickness and reminds us that turning to God, “offers a key by which we can discover the deepest meaning of what we are experiencing.”
As we reflect on the message of Pope Francis, we seek to stay rooted in our Catholic faith to draw nearer to Jesus who walks at our side during all the difficulties of life and death. This is why all Catholics are encouraged to faithfully prepare for the unknown hour of death. The Catholic Bishops of Florida have resources available to assist with advance care planning that will guide you on how to designate a health care surrogate and how to make end-of-life decisions that are in line with your faith.
Three items, approved by the bishops of Florida, are particularly useful:
- NEW! A Catholic Introduction to End-of-Life Planning is a new brochure that may help you as you begin your discussions with family, friends, health care providers and clergy.
- The Catholic Declaration on Life and Death (CDLD) combines a designation of health care surrogate and living will into one document and is designed to be completed and shared with your health care provider(s).
- Understanding the Catholic Declaration on Life and Death (UCDLD) is the companion to the CDLD and addresses common concerns and questions.