CCC # 2279

Posted on April 25, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care
(food and water)
owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted.
The use of painkillers(if they agree to this or request it)
to alleviate the sufferings of the dying,
even at the risk of shortening their days,
can be morally in conformity with human dignity
if death is not willed as either an end or a means,
but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable .
Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.

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