The following websites contain resources identified for the following End-of-Life Care topics:

  1. Summary of Church Teaching on End-of-Life Issues
  2. Church Teaching on using/forgoing life-sustaining treatments
  3. Church Teaching on medically assisted nutrition and hydration
  4. Church Teaching on pain management
  5. Medical Directives
  6. Assisted Suicide

If you need assistance with accessing these resources, please contact Iowa Catholic Conference (515-243-6256; info@iowacatholicconference.org)


1.  Summary of Church Teaching on End-of-Life Issues

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

usccb.org > About USCCB > USCCB Offices > Doctrine > Ethical and Religious Directives

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, 5th ed. PDF

  • Part Three, nos. 24-28, 32-33
  • Part Five

 2.  Church Teaching on Using/Forgoing Life-Sustaining Treatments

Archdiocese of Dubuque

www.dbqarch.org > Offices > Health Care Ethics and Life Issues Consultant > Life-Sustaining Treatments

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Modeling Church Teaching on Life-Sustaining Treatments

 

Catholic Health Association

www.chausa.org > Publications > Books & Printed Resources in the CHA Store

End of Life Guides: Teachings of the Catholic Church Caring for People at the End of Life

Available through the store as a free PDF download, in both English and Spanish.


 3.  Church Teaching on Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration

Archdiocese of Dubuque

www.dbqarch.org > Offices > Health Care Ethics and Life Issues Consultant > Assisted Nutrition and Hydration

Making Decisions about Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration: Guiding Principles from the Catholic Moral Tradition, 2nd ed.  PDF


 4.  Church Teaching on Pain Management

Archdiocese of Dubuque

www.dbqarch.org > Offices > Health Care Ethics and Life Issues Consultant > Life-Sustaining Treatments

Pain and Symptom Management in End-of-Life Care  PDF


 5.  Medical Directives

Archdiocese of Dubuque

www.dbqarch.org > Offices > Health Care Ethics and Life Issues Consultant > Advanced Directives

IPOST Booklet  PDF

 

Catholic Health Association

www.chausa.org > Publications > Books & Printed Resources in the CHA Store

End of Life Guides: Advanced Directives: Expressing Your Health Care Wishes

Available through the store as a free PDF download, in both English and Spanish.

 

www.chausa.org > Publications > Health Care Ethics USA > Archives > 2012 > Fall 2012

Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (IPOST): Q & A from a Catholic Perspective prepared by Janine Marie Idziak


 6.  Assisted Suicide

Archdiocese of Dubuque

www.dbqarch.org > Offices > Health Care Ethics and Life Issues Consultant

Natural Cessation of Eating at the End of Life vs. VSED (Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking) – Publication Forthcoming

 

Iowa Catholic Conference

Iowa Catholic Conference >Human Life and Dignity > End of Life

 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

usccb.org > Issues and Action > Human Life and Dignity > End of Life > To Live Each Day with Dignity

To Life Each Day with Dignity PDF

usccb.org > Issues and Action > Human Life and Dignity > End of Life > To Live Each Day with Dignity > Assisted Suicide Videos

Maggie’s Story

Jeanette’s Story: 15 Years Later

John’s Story: Beyond Independence