April 13, 2016
National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, 2016, is a good time to make preparations for your care in the event of an unforeseen medical crisis.
The FCCB provides resources to assist with advance care planning. Designating a health care surrogate and providing guidance for end-of-life decisions is the best way to ensure that morally acceptable procedures are followed if you become incapacitated or unable to express your own wishes in the event of a medical emergency.
Three items, approved by the bishops of Florida, are particularly useful:
All the documents are available for downloading and printing from the FCCB website in both English and Spanish.
- A Catholic Introduction to End-of-Life Planning is a brochure to assist you as you begin your discussions with family, friends, health care providers and clergy.
- The Catholic Declaration on Life and Death (CDLD) combines a designation of health care surrogate and living will into one document and is designed to be completed and shared with your health care provider(s).
- Understanding the Catholic Declaration on Life and Death (UCDLD) is the companion to the CDLD and addresses common concerns and questions.