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Physician-aided dying presents a special challenge for clergy when patients who are considering it ask for pastoral advice. With the baby boomers coming into their older years, such requests are likely to become more frequent. To prepare clergy and chaplains for this, the Diocesan Task Force on Medical Ethics offered a half-day workshop on aided dying. Offered on March 17, 2018 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, the conference featured background material on the state’s Death With Dignity Act and case studies presented by those who have counseled patients on their options. Theological and church issues were discussed. In addition to background information, practical recommendations on responding to patient inquiries were presented.

Highlights of the workshop can be viewed above, and the entire work can be seen by following the link below:


Physician-Aided Dying: A Pastoral Conversation (Video)

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