Understanding a Good Death

The Edmonton Archdiocese Committee on the Life-Giving Love Initiative presents

A Conversation: Understanding a Good Death in the Catholic context

Many of us are experiencing a crisis of understanding related to assisted suicide and euthanasia. We hear arguments about the need for self-determination at end of life to ensure a dignified death free of suffering, and stories of both extreme life-prolonging measures, and of alternative methods of hastening death.

The Catholic approach to care - founded on the healing ministry of Jesus Christ - focuses on loving care and support, respecting dignity, and alleviation of pain. How does the Catholic community respond to arguments that compassion lies in legislation allowing for a hastened death?

You are invited to join us for an afternoon discussion led by Archbishop Richard Smith on the Catholic response to compassionate support for our ill and dying

Sunday, February 15, 2 - 4 p.m.
Parish Hall - St. John the Evangelist, 9830 - 148 Street, Edmonton


2 p.m. Welcome – Archbishop Richard Smith
2:15.   Journey of Compassion – A Personal Testimony
2:30    Feedback/Discussion
3:15    Informal meet and greet

Questions to consider

  1. Have you thought about the care you would hope to receive if you were terminally ill or dying? 
  2. What kind of care would you want for your family members who are seriously ill or dying?
  3. How can we promote and support individuals in understanding their responsibility for ‘prudent care’ of their own lives and health?
  4. What are the challenges to compassionate care in our time? 
  5. How can we best approach conversations within our Diocese to explore questions and issues around end of life? 
  6. How do you think the possibilities of a good death would be affected by legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide? How do you think Canadian society would be affected by legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide?