Comfort and Consolation - Maryland Catholic Conference

Quote on end of life from Maryland bishops


Continual advances in medical technology bring many blessings but also pose complex ethical questions. While many of us avoid thinking about illness and death, they are a reality. We encourage you to take time now, before a crisis, to prayerfully consider your wishes with your Catholic faith in mind, to talk with family members, and to put your wishes in writing.

The resources here will help you in this process, and bring comfort and peace.


Healthcare Decision Making for Catholics

The declaration includes principles of health care, an FAQ, and the advanced care directive, which is consistent with Catholic teaching and may be used by Maryland residents.


Talking with your family about health care wishes

The Conversation Project (outside resource)

Support for Caregivers

Hospice and Palliative Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (outside resource)

Pastoral Letter from the Maryland Bishops

Comfort and Consolation: Care for the sick and dying is a pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops of Maryland to assist Catholics in Maryland with reflecting upon and preparing for illness and the end of life in the context of Catholic teaching. The letter was developed in consultation with moral theologians, health care and legal experts, and includes the health care directive form also provided in the Maryland Catholic Declaration for Health Care Decision Making. 

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