Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning

The Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning is a recently established program of the Archdiocese of Boston.  Its goal is to provide education, outreach and advocacy that will create an informed public about palliative care, a multidisciplinary approach to the care of the seriously ill which is patient-centered and family-oriented.  The program also supports, promotes and provides education about Advance Care Planning which allows people to discuss and make known their wishes for care in anticipation of a time when they cannot speak for themselves.  Most importantly, the Advance Care Planning component of the initiative provides information about how to designate a health care proxy or surrogate decision-maker who will be their voice when they can no longer make or articulate their health care decisions.

New!  A Catholic Approach to Palliative Care - six-part video series with discussion guides

New! Resources that are focused on issues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar: If Not Now...When? Advance Care Planning Conversations That We All Need to Have

Supportive Care Coalition Video Series
We are pleased to present and offer for your use a video series from the Supportive Care Coalition<>, a national Catholic group that promotes palliative care of which the Archdiocese is a member.  Cardinal Seán O'Malley offers an introduction to the videos and MC Sullivan, Chief Health Care Ethicist for the Archdiocese and Director of the Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning, presents several of the videos.

The video series covers the Catholic Church approach to and teaching about palliative care and the issues facing the seriously ill and dying and their families.  There are discussion guides available with each video.  We encourage you to use them for in-person or virtual meetings in your parish education programs.   If you would like someone from the Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning office to facilitate or lead the program, please contact Diane McCarthy, Parish Education Coordinator by email<mailto:[email protected]> or phone at (617) 746-5732.

MC Sullivan
Chief Health Care Ethicist
Office: 617-746-5734

Diane McCarthy
Parish Education Coordinator
Office: 617-746-5732

Suzanne Graul
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Office: 617-746-5738

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