Bishops outline refusing Assisted Death Funerals

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By: Kelly-Anne Roberts

Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have released a guideline to deal with assisted suicide, the guideline says priests should refuse funerals for most assisted suicides.

The document calls physician-assisted death a “grave sin”, saying it contradicts the teachings of the catholic church. In the document it states, priests should weigh the circumstances of each funeral request.

It also says church funerals should be denied for families who want to celebrate the assisted death decision of their loved ones.

The guidelines don’t rule out funerals for everyone and priests can come up with other options, such as speaking at graveside services or at a funeral home, just not within the church.

Seven Bishops from Alberta and the Northwest Territories signed the document, the first of its kind in Canada.

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