Help Guides - Planning Ahead

A Word About Religion

Many religions include rituals that can or should be done at the end of life.  These can be deeply meaningful, but should be done only with consideration for the person’s wishes.  If he or she is able to communicate, ask permission before summoning a religious leader.  If the person has written advance directives, consult them to see what they’ve stated about rituals they would like performed.  If you are of a different religion from the person, please only perform your religious rituals if you are absolutely certain that the person would find this touching and meaningful.  Religious rites should never be forced upon a person at the end of life.  If you are feeling conflicted about how to navigate this dilemma, please consult a chaplain.  Chaplains are trained in interfaith ministry, and can be outstanding resources to you during this time.