What do we mean when we talk about 'dying well'? This is one of life's greatest questions. Here we'll explore some of the biggest questions and ideas, including what the Church says about death.
Dying well, or what constitutes a 'good' death will mean different things to us all. Our understanding is informed by a multitude of influences drawn from our individual journeys through life. But there are many universal questions.
In the Catholic faith it is believed that life is a precious gift from God and death simply opens the way to new life. Planning ahead can help to overcome fear and anxiety. Perhaps it is possible to take the sting out of death and encourage acceptance of it as a part of life itself.
The process of coming to terms with death and dying, can bring to the surface deeper questions about what life is all about. These questions can occur in relation to your own mortality, or surrounding the death of a loved one. It is quite natural to have these spiritual concerns.
If you are a Catholic approaching death, or you are caring for a loved one who is a Catholic, there are a series of comforting rituals that can help you to prepare spiritually for the final journey. There are also prayers specifically for the dying, which may bring you and your loved ones relief.