About 60 percent of people say it is “extremely important” not to burden their family with tough, end-of-life decisions, yet more than half have not communicated their wishes, according to a survey by the California Healthcare Foundation.
That’s why representatives of Holy Redeemer Hospice joined residents from Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, and across the country, to observe National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). Held each year on April 16 the initiative encourages adults to make advance care planning a priority and to start discussions with loved ones about end-of-life health care preferences.
In addition, the initiative encourages individuals to create advance directives, legal documents that appoint a trusted friend or relative to make medical decisions on a patient’s behalf.
Holy Redeemer Hospice staff and volunteers from Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties recently observed NHDD by playing My Gift of Grace, a card game that uses questions to guide conversations about funerals, disabilities and positive experiences during a person’s final months.
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: