Feb 20, 2014 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A palliative care organization in the Denver archdiocese is committed to providing end-of-life care to patients that fully accords with the teaching of the Church, according to the group’s president.
“We have a focus on the Catholic faith. We’ll care for anybody, just like Jesus Christ would, but we have a focus on … following the teachings of the Church,” Kevin Lundy, president of Divine Mercy Supportive Care, told CNA Feb. 15.
While acknowledging that “all hospice agencies are made up of wonderful, loving, caring people,” he explained that what distinguishes Divine Mercy Supportive Care is “our focus is on providing those sacramental services … the spiritual end-of-life preparation.”
“We believe in caring for people in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Church.”
Divine Mercy provides charitable, educational, and medical services, offering compassionate care while affirming the dignity and sanctity of human life.
More than 100 supporters attended a Feb. 15 fundraiser for the organization, including Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver and religious sisters from both the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Religious Sisters of Mercy.
The evening began with a Mass said by Fr. Charles Polifka, which was followed by presentations on the importance of having a Catholic hospice available, for spiritual, pastoral and medical reasons.
Archbishop Aquila discussed his own experience with his mother dying in hospice, commenting on the importance of helping “those people who truly desire to have a Christian death, to have a death that is focused on faith.”
The archbishop added that “when I heard about the mission and work of Divine Mercy, and because of my own experience, I very much support the work that they are doing, the ministry they want to do.”
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