The Oct. 2 issue of the Catholic Sentinel had many articles regarding end of life care. If families need to move their loved ones into a care facility, I recommend they ask about services offered during their decline and end of life. Important issues are feeding, hydration and transfer assistance (from bed to wheelchair, commode, etc.). If a facility offers Catholic services, it does not necessarily mean that they follow Catholic teaching regarding decline and end of life care with feeding and hydration assistance. They have their own rules and regulations.

If your loved one is stating such things as “I am tired of living,” “I am ready to go” or other similar comments, it is important to find out what is causing those feelings. It may be pain, caregiving issues, quality or texture of food, etc.

Prayer is most important to comfort the sick and dying. The rosary is very soothing and Jesus revealed to St. Faustina that when someone recites the Divine Mercy chaplet in the presence of the dying, Jesus himself will stand between the Father and the dying person, not as the just judge but as the merciful savior.

Sandra Gottfried