A Pastoral Letter from the Roman Catholic Bishops of Wisconsin on End of Life Decisions

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Health care continues to be a dynamic enterprise in the United States. It is marked by numerous and extraordinary changes both in technology, and in the delivery system itself. Because of its dynamism, health care institutions have at their disposal a compendium of treatments and procedures that are directed toward the alleviation of human suffering and disease. It is this compendium of treatments which also presents families with agonizing decisions regarding end of life care.

This presentation "Now and at the Hour of Our Death",is offered by Columbia St. Mary’s as a way to present the Bishop’s pastoral letter to your local parishes. We hope this presentation serves as a helpful tool when addressing the difficult issue of end-of-life care planning.



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