Whole Person Care

Caring for the Whole Person Conference

Caring for the Whole Person is a new state-wide initiative of the CA Bishops and Catholic healthcare systems that enable each parish to provide community support and resource referrals to families with loved ones who are suffering, ill or at the end of life.




View resources shared during Webinar 4: “How Catholic Mental Health Ministries can Support Parishioners during COVID-19”

For urgent bioethical questions: 
Call the National Catholic Bioethics Center at 215-877-2660
Advance Healthcare Directives
English (PDF) \\ Spanish (PDF)  [Reference only]
Download the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Advance Healthcare Directive and share with your parishioners and family members. This legal document helps everyone know your healthcare wishes. Make copies for your loved ones and your doctor, and keep one with you.


Get Involved:
Schedule A Parish Workshop on End of Life Care
Care & Prepare: Finding Loving Care at the End of Life is a parish workshop put on by the Office of Life, Justice & Peace in over 30 parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Discussion topics include Church teaching on end of life ethics, accessing quality palliative care, hospice care and advance healthcare directives, and pastoral care at the end of life. These trainings are great for parish leaders, caregivers, and the elderly and their family members. To schedule Care & Prepare at your parish for free, please call Lily Alvarez at 213-637-7550 or email JLAlvarez@la-archdiocese.org.


View Care & Prepare Powerpoints:
Finding Good Care Powerpoint Slides – Providence Institute for Human Caring
Accessible & Quality Care Powerpoint Slides  – Elizabeth Hanink, R.N.
Pastoral Care at the End of Life – Carmelite Sisters


Host The Conversation Project
If you’ve hosted Care & Prepare at your parish, why not have a Conversation Project Weekend? The Conversation Project is a great way to involve parishioners in talking about their wishes at the end of life and to help adults fill out their Advance Health Care Directives .


Educate Your Parish on Opposing Assisted Suicide
Why Oppose Assisted Suicide Flyer
Assisted suicide sends the message that we do not care nor wish to accompany our brothers and sisters at the end of their lives. It affects the poor and the vulnerable, who may be unable to afford expensive treatments but may be pressured to purchase the drugs. Physician-Assisted Suicide also increases suicides in general.


Catholic Health Care
Our Catholic hospitals guarantee palliative care for their patients and do not use physician-assisted suicide. Palliative care involves pain management and comfort care. It ensures the dignity of a person, recognizing that even when an illness cannot be cured, a person always deserves the best caring possible. There are also many Catholic care homes in the Archdiocese. For more information, please visit the Catholic Healthcare page.


Other Ways to Get Involved
Pray for the Disabled, Elderly, and Dying in Your Parish
Join the Catholic Legislative Network
Sign up for the Catholic Legislative Network’s email alerts so you can raise your voice for the disabled and elderly in the California legislature. Learn about their Whole Person Care Initiative here .


Educate Students with Respect Life Week Curriculum
Our annual Respect Life Week includes information for TK-12 about assisted suicide, end of life ethics, and caring for our elderly neighbors and grandparents.


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