When we began Catholic Hospice, we chose to step out in faith. This meant upholding the founding pro-life hospice philosophy that was the cornerstone of Dame Cicely Saunders Hospice Ministry in the 1960’s. Unfortunately, during this time of great growth in the hospice industry, what began as ministry has become big business. Focus on the patient, and more importantly on God as the center of care, has been redirected to the bottom line.
The Church’s pro-life teachings on end of life care mirrors Dame Saunders hospice vision. Therefore, as we provide excellent care to community members of ALL faiths, Catholic Hospice upholds The Church’s teachings as stated in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as The Vatican’s Declaration on Euthanasia from 1980.
This Declaration is the foundation of Catholic Hospice’s ministry. The Vatican makes clear the right to life not just for Catholics, but for all faiths, and encourages each to live that life to the fullest as God has determined without manmade restrictions. The teaching of our most beloved Pope John Paul II regarding sickness and death reflects that our Lord has a passionate concern for the sick, the suffering and the dying. Pope John Paul II raised the voice of The Church, urging that those experiencing terminal illness receive the care due to them according to Scripture, and are not preyed upon and offended at a sacred time of life. The terminally ill particularly deserve the solidarity, communion and affection from those providing care until a natural death occurs.
Catholic Hospice welcomes the opportunity to care for you and your loved ones and we vow to always uphold those teachings. In light of modern day practices, Catholic Hospice cautions individuals when choosing a program and encourages families to interview several hospice programs prior to signing on for service.
Just as we do with the unborn, we need to uphold life at end of life.