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September 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Death with dignity in Catholic hospitals

Catholic health care is dignified

About 50 adults and children showed up on the sidewalk outside the University of Washington Hospital to protest the first day of the Death with Dignity Law in 2009. Today, the law still causes conflict in health-care systems with religious affiliations, such as PeaceHealth. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

About 50 adults and children showed up on the sidewalk outside the University of Washington Hospital to protest the first day of the Death with Dignity Law in 2009. Today, the law still causes conflict in health-care systems with religious affiliations, such as PeaceHealth. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

I read with stunned disbelief Tom Preston’s guest column. [“Defend death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities,” Opinion, Sept. 2.]

I was particularly amazed at that last line: “A peaceful death, surrounded by loved ones, is a choice that should be respected, honored and treated with the dignity every person deserves.”

That is exactly the kind of care a dying person receives in a Catholic hospital!

That is the whole premise, the underlying principal of Catholic health care. The dignity of the individual, as a child of God. Part of that dignity is not actively killing a person before it is their time.

But it does mean relieving their pain and providing them with loving, caring support in that most important moment of their going forth from this life.

I, for one, am grateful for our Catholic health-care system, and all those caring individuals who lovingly, competently support the sick and dying and their families.

Peggy Anderson, Kirkland

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