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Euthanasia and palliative care

Every human being has the right to die with dignity.

Euthanasia and palliative care concerns the dying person, for whom there is no prospect of a cure or an improvement in their suffering. From a Christian perspective this can only take the form of assistance and support for the dying person and never to help someone to die.

Active euthanasia as well as assisted suicide are rejected.

Allowing a person to die by refusing life-extending interventions and palliative pain control and sedation for the purpose of symptom control, which carries a small risk of shortening life, are not contrary to Christian principles.

Particularly in the context of the Christian view of human life, palliative medical care is of great importance.

The help and support provided by those close to the dying person and pastoral care in light of the gospel can lessen anxiety and mobilise spiritual strength.

A living will can help to care for the dying person in a way that respects their wishes.


» Statements on Euthanasia and Palliative Care

» Enunciados sobre eutanasia y medicina paliativa

» De l’euthanasie et des soins palliatifs

» Aussagen zu Sterbehilfe und Palliativmedizin