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Spiritual Guidance through the Dying

Last month, my sister alerted all five siblings that the end was very near for our 81-year-old mother. She’s been in a nursing home for a year, but was hospitalized with renal and congestive heart failure among other maladies. I was on a plane the next day, and for six days, was at her bedside. She pulled through and returned to the nursing home. Many have been through the long goodbye awaiting death.... Read More

Struggling with end of life issues… What does the Church teach?

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, Recently my mother passed away. She suffered from an irregular heartbeat and congestive heart failure. A week before she passed, she was rushed to the hospital where the ER doctor counseled us to have her put on hospice care and let nature take its course. After that, she was put on morphine and a sedative and had no food or fluids. It took her 5 days to die and it was not a peaceful... Read More