The Archdiocese primary site for End of Life issues is called “In Joyful Hope”
This site has been developed over many years and is a wealth of information. Much of that information dovetails with what you will find on our site or supplements it. We always recommend getting information from all pertinent sites to determine what you need, and what is your personal fit from all the options provided.
Another resource is the Maryland Catholic Conference https://www.mdcatholic.org/
Download two of their publications at https://www.mdcatholic.org/comfort
- Comfort and Consolation
- Health Care Directives A Catholic Perspective
There is a wealth of information on their site, including Physician Assisted Suicide https://www.mdcatholic.org/respect_for_life
Manage Your Documents (via the button)
Beyond our familiarity with the “Last Will and Testament”, the document that tells family and friends what to do with our estate, there exist other documents that protect our wishes before we die, when we can’t speak for ourselves. This page is developed on the premise that you want to discover what they are and how to make sure they are accessible by your Health Agent, family members, doctors, hospitals and/or care facilities. Portions below are quoted (“ “) from the Md Attorney General’s Website.
These documents include, at a minimum:
- Designation of Health Care Agent – Your Health Care Agent is the person you choose to speak for you, when you cannot speak for yourself (Accident, Dementia, Stroke, Heart Attack….) ****** Remember, you need to share you wishes with them and have a conversation about specifics. Ask them if they can follow your wishes. Get help here:
- Wallet card – If you’ve made an advance directive, you should consider carrying a wallet card saying so.
- “The Office of the Attorney General has developed a wallet card for your use. This card alerts healthcare workers that you have an advance directive and provides contact names and numbers. Simply print, then fill out the card and carry it in your wallet click here http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Health%20Policy%20Documents/adDir_cards.pdf
for a printer-friendly version of the card.”
- “As a public service, the American Hospital Association also makes a wallet card available through their website. Click
to download a copy of the AHA’s “Put It in Writing” wallet card.”
- Advanced Directive – Not required to be prepared by a lawyer, but can be. “Everyone has the right to make personal decisions about health care. Doctors ask whether you will accept a treatment by discussing the risks and benefits and working with you to decide. But what if you can no longer make your own decisions? Anyone can wind up hurt or sick and unable to make decisions about medical treatments. An advance directive speaks for you if you are unable to, and helps make sure your religious and personal beliefs will be respected. It’s a useful legal document for an adult of any age to plan for future health care needs. While no one is required to have an advance directive, it’s smart to think ahead and make a plan now. If you don’t have an advance directive—and later you can’t speak for yourself—usually your next of kin will then make health care decisions for you. But even if you want your next of kin to make decisions for you, an advance directive can make things easier for your loved ones by helping to prevent misunderstandings or arguments about your care.”
“An advance directive allows you to decide who you want to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. You can also use it to say what kinds of treatments you do or don’t want, especially the treatments often used in a medical emergency or near the end of a person’s life. “
- https:MyDirectives.com – Sponsored by Horizon Foundation and the State of Maryland. This is an online repository where you can create a Universal Advanced Directive and/or upload existing documents that your doctor should be able to locate immediately.
- MOLST – Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment: Maryland MOLST is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient’s wishes about medical treatments. Bottom line: This is the document paramedics want to see immediately. This is an instructional link provided by one of our Ministry members.
07-02-19_Gift of Peace_ MOLST Form and Advanced Directive (Length: 34:55)