Advance Care Planning from a Catholic Perspective

In March of 2014, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference offered an addendum for a patient’s advance directive from the Catholic perspective. The Bishops of Wisconsin recognized that “as your pastoral leaders, we often walk with you and your loved ones through the difficult process of making care and treatment decisions in times of grave illness.” It is in this spirit that the document below is offered.
Link to WCC Catholic Addendum

It is important to note that this addendum is merely that, an addendum. It is not an advance directive itself. This addendum is designed for use with a Power for Attorney Health Care document. We share in the Bishops’ reminder that vital conversations need to occur between loved ones and that no tool can replace that. Yet, it is these types of tools, courses offered on Advance Directives, and the materials found herein that are designed to help you communicate your healthcare preferences.



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