Respect Life Month


Palliative Care vs. Assisted Suicide

Killing the Pain, Not the Patient;
Palliative Care vs. Assisted Suicide

Assisted suicide is in the news and on lawmakers’ agendas. Supporters call it “aid in dying” and claim it is just another option for end-o flife care. But it is radically different from the practice of palliative care, the healing art of relieving pain and other distressing symptoms for patients who are seriously ill.

Palliative care intends to comfort a patient, addressing physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Assisted suicide, by contrast, directly intends the patient’s death. It ignores any underlying problems and instead abandons and eliminates the patient who has the problems. As a society and as individuals, we must dedicate ourselves to providing genuinely compassionate care that protects God’s gift of life.