Compassion and Support


Patients & Families

Spiritual and Cultural


Roman Catholic Perspective

  • Pastoral Care for the Sick and Dying in Monroe County: Final Recommendations to Bishop Matthew Clark 

    This document was created March 20, 2000. Saint Anne’s Community CEO, Betty Mullin-DiProsa, spearheaded the effort to create the article at the request of Bishop Matthew Clark. She, along with a team of health care providers, representatives of health care institutions and parishes, pastoral care ministers and diocesan administrators, researched the issue of how pastoral care of Catholics should take place in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities and in-patient treatment centers. This is the report of their findings.

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  • Catholic Health Association Resources on End-of-Life Care and Advance Directives logostaff

    This is a list of resources that the Catholic Health Association has put together dealing with the ethical and religious perspectives of dying, advance directives, and end-of-life care. Unfortunately, no resources are immediately available (they all must be ordered).  Some of the print resources are free to members, while others must be purchased. The resources range in format from print material to audio CDs and DVDs.

Jewish Perspective

  • Jewish Ritual, Reality, and Response at the End of Life
    This is a user-friendly publication or "manual" on Jewish rituals and practices surrounding illness, dying, death, mourning, and remembering for those caring for Jewish people and their families. This publication can be ordered from

  • The Jewish Tradition & Choices at the End of Life: A Judaic Approach to Illness and Dying
    A book by Lewis D. Solomon, Professor of Business Law, George Washington University, University Press of America, Lanham, MD, 2001.

  • Behoref Hayamim, In the Winter of Life: A Values Based Jewish Guide for Decision Making at the End of Life
    This is a publication by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Press, Wyncote, PA., 2002.

Episcopal Perspective

  • Faithful Living, Faithful Dying: Anglican Reflections on End-of-Life Care
    This is a book by Cynthia Cohen et. al., Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, PA. 2000.

  • Are Assisted Suicides and Euthanasia Morally Acceptable for Christians?
    A publication by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Committee on Medical Ethics, Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, PA., 1997.

  • What Would Jesus Do?  An Upper Room Conversation About Advance Care Directives
    A tongue-in-cheek approach to a serious and important topic.  The purpose of this piece is to consider what Jesus's end-of-life
    discussions with the disciples may have been like.  This is meant to be a lighthearted look at a serious topic.


  • Strategies for Culturally Effective End-of-Life Carestaff

    This article can be found in the Annals of Internal Medicine 136(9): 673-679, May 7, 2002. The author provides an approach to assist providers in being culturally sensitive when dealing with end-of-life issues. Relevant and specific examples of how health care providers can communicate in a culturally effective way with their patients, particularly at the end of a patient’s life, are given.