Caring for the Whole Person
Finding Peace and Support During Serious Illness

We care for people in such a way that, whether or not we can physically cure their illness, they find strength and comfort in knowing God’s abiding love for them. - Cardinal Joseph Bernardin (Late Archbishop of Chicago) “A Sign of Hope”

Physical Care Small


The task of medicine is to care even when it cannot cure. - Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (Introduction to Part V)

Caregivers Care Small

God encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. - II Corinthians 1:4 (New American Bible Revised Edition)

Catholic Teaching

Respect for human dignity and human life demands that we will take reasonable care of our lives. – Catholic Health Association of the United States “Caring for People at the End of Life”

Advanced Care

You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the son of man will come. - Luke 12:40 (New American Bible)

What is ​Caring for the Whole Person Initiative?

Through our health care professionals and the care and compassion of all people of goodwill, we will continue to lovingly attend, accompany and care for the terminally ill on their final journey. (California Bishops, June 9, 2016)


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