Every Life Matters



Interfaith Statement on Palliative Care
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Every Life Matters

 
What's Going On?

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the laws that prohibit anyone from assisting in the death of another person who consents to die, particularly in the case of a competent adult who wants a physician to help them die because of a “grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring and intolerable suffering."

As a result, the Federal Government is now under pressure to adopt laws allowing for both assisted suicide (where a person asks for death) and euthanasia (where the decision to end life may be made by someone else.)

As Catholics we uphold the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death. We believe that every single life matters. We are committed to protecting everyone, especially the most vulnerable. We are committed not to killing (cf. Ex 20:13; Mt 19:18), but to offering mercy, comfort and love to those who suffer.

Every Life Matters (ELM) is a campaign sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton to promote the true dignity of life and death. It focuses particularly on prevention of any form of suicide. It offers a positive alternative to the pro-suicide messages we hear through the media and even from our highest court. 

Every Life Matters was launched by Archbishop Richard Smith in support of the Canadian Bishops' Life-Giving Love national campaign for palliative and home care and against euthanasia and assisted suicide. It follows a series of listening sessions in 2015, where the Archbishop heard questions and concerns on these issues from hundreds of people. 

To see some of these questions and answers, visit our ELM-Questions page.

In the 2016 Easter season, Archbishop Smith will be hosting a series of special presentations on the subject of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Sessions will be held at five different parishes across the Archdiocese, each dealing with a different aspect of this important topic. They will include prayer, personal witness, teaching from the Archbishop, and time for questions and answers. 

For dates, times and places, visit our ELM-Easter Series page.


 
What Can I Do?

Every Life Matters calls us to
 pray, to learn, and to act -- to commit life, not suicide. Let’s overwhelm the world with inspiration and hope!

  • Pray for reverence for all life.

  • Ask your physician(s) to protect your life, and the lives of those for whom they care.

  • Inform yourself about government plans to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. Write to your MLA and MP to let them know these practices have no place in health care, and that health care professionals must not be forced to participate in them.

  • Talk with your family members. Make sure they understand that you want their help and empathy when you are suffering -- not a lethal injection. Make sure they know you will be there to care and advocate for them in their time of suffering.

  • Ensure that your beliefs are included in your Personal Directive.

  • Live the Corporal Works of Mercy – feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.

  • Spend time with those who struggle in life.

  • Volunteer for a good cause.

  • Encourage others to commit life by your example.

 
Every Life Matters Online

Visit the ELM campaign website at www.commitlife.com

We invite you to participate by: 

  • Sharing the Commit Life video with your friends,

  • Sharing your own Commit Life video and by tagging friends, family, and other people or organizations that have helped you,

  • Signing the ELM pledge at www.commitlife.com/pledge, adding #CommitLife to your social media profile photo and tagging friends

  • Sharing your written testimony including some adversity you’ve overcome at: www.commitlife.com/submit-your-story .

to view the original site, go to:

http://www.caedm.ca/ELM.aspx




 
Every Life Matters Easter Series

 
to view the videos, go to:

 http://www.caedm.ca/ELM-EasterSeries.aspx

 
In the 2016 Easter season, Archbishop Smith of the Archdiocese of Edmonton,  hosted a series of presentations on the subject of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Five sessions were held at five different parishes across the Archdiocese, each dealing with a different aspect of this important topic. They included prayer, personal witness, teaching from the Archbishop, and time for questions and answers.

Take a look at the recorded webcasts below, courtesy of Salt+Light TV. Learn about this tragic situation and its consequences, about what our faith teaches, and about what we can do in response.  


 Session 1 - What’s it all about? 

An outline of the legal situation now facing our country. If you missed it at St. Anthony's Parish in Lloydminster, check out the recording of the live webcast below. 
With special guests Kate Faught, a lawyer specializing in estate litigation, and Dr. Anna Voeuk, a physician specializing in palliative care.


 Session 2 - What’s wrong with assisted suicide and euthanasia?

If you missed it at Corpus Christi Parish in Edmonton, check out the recording of the live webcast below.With special guests Lisa Daniels, a young mother who tells her own personal story of finding meaning, purpose and happiness in life despite suffering debilitating pain; and Dr. Anna Voeuk, a palliative care physician who speaks about the need for improved access to palliative care for all Canadians. 
Archbishop Smith explains and illustrates Church teaching around suicide and euthanasia.
 
 
 Session 3  - It’s my body, my choice

If you missed it at St. Mary's Parish in Red Deer, check out the recording of the live webcast below. With special guests Father Eamonn McNerney, a hospital chaplain who shares his personal experience with a family whose loved one requested euthanasia, and Dr. Robert Hauptman, a specialist in pain management who maintains that with modern medical care, no patient should have to suffer intolerable pain. 
Archbishop Smith explains and illustrates Church teaching around freedom, choice, and personal autonomy -- concepts that are often used to justify assisted suicide and euthanasia.

 
 Session 4 - I don’t want to suffer 

If you missed it at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, check out the recording of the live webcast below. With special guests Jeri and Chuck Marple, who tell us how their disabled daughter Mary has been a blessing in their lives,  and Dr. Anna Voeuk, a palliative care physician speaks on caring for the caregivers and families of those with severe illness or disability, or nearing end of life. 
Archbishop Smith teaches on the Christian understanding of the mystery of suffering.


 Session 5 - What must we do? 
How we are called to respond to this new situation?

If you missed it at St. Charles Parish, check out the recording of the live webcast below. With special guests Mark Pickup, who tells of a very dark time when he came close to losing the will to live, and Dr. Anna Voeuk, who asks us all to defend doctors, nurses and pharmacists who refuse to participate in assisted suicide or euthanasia. 
Archbishop Smith offers four concrete ways we as Catholics can defend human life against such attacks.
 
to view the videos, go to:

 http://www.caedm.ca/ELM-EasterSeries.aspx











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