Ensuring the best care at the very end of life.
“The Catholic health care ministry faces the reality of death with the confidence of faith. In the face of death –for many, a time when hope seems lost – the church witnesses to her belief that God has created each person for eternal life…The truth that life is a precious gift from God has profound implications for the question of stewardship over human life. We are not the owners of our lives and, hence, do not have absolute power over life. We have a duty to preserve our life and to use it for the glory of God, but the duty to preserve life is not absolute…”
Ethical and Religious Directives Part Five, Introduction, p 29-30
“You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”
Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement