Conference: Accompanying people on life’s final journey

There is a special case of human dignity violation that is…swiftly gaining ground. It is unique in how it utilizes a mistaken understanding of human dignity to turn the concept of dignity against itself…For example, laws permitting euthanasia or assisted suicide are sometimes called “death with dignity acts”…However, in response to this, it must be strongly reiterated that suffering does not cause the sick to lose their dignity, which is intrinsically and inalienably their own. Instead, suffering can become an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of mutual belonging and gain greater awareness of the precious value of each person to the whole human family.

Dignitas Infinita, 51

About the conference

Euthanasia or “assisted dying” is now legal in 9 countries and 11 US states. There is a high profile campaign for the UK to follow suit with legislation in the next Parliament very likely. This conference aims to show how the Church safeguards genuine dignity in dying, and that a holistic approach to physical and mental suffering can make dying a peaceful process for the person and their family.

Date: Saturday 15th June 2024
Time: 10am to 4pm
£35 for the day including lunch and tea

Programme of Events

10:00am Holy Mass
11:00am Coffee
11:30am Talk from Deacon David Harrison, Catholic Chaplain, Leighton Hospital
12:00pm Discussion
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Talk from Dr Teresa Merino, Consultant in Palliative Care
2:30pm Discussion
3:30pm Tea
4:00pm Depart

Book a Place

To book a place on the conference please fill in the application form below and follow the instructions. Alternatively email and make payment of £35 per person to:

Thornycroft Hall
Account 13115863
Sort code 16-24-32
Ref: 15 June

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About the Speakers

Dr Teresa Merino

Dr Teresa Merino

Teresa Merino qualified as a doctor in 1989, and went on to study in England, Wales and Spain, gaining postgraduate qualifications in Palliative Medicine, Health Management, Bioethics and Law, and Epidemiology and Public Health. She has worked in hospices and hospitals, and in the community, caring for people with a wide range of conditions. She is highly skilled in pain management techniques, and has also used acupuncture to treat pain. She is a member of The Pontifical Academy for Life.

Deacon David Harrison

Deacon David Harrison

Ordained Permanent Deacon 18 years ago, David was raised as a Roman Catholic and settled in the parish of St. John Vianney, Northwich with his family in 1991. His wife, Anne, worked as a staff nurse at St Luke’s hospice for 24 years, whilst David travelled the globe in the technology sector. David’s life was transformed at the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in 1998 and was later accepted to train as a secondary school teacher, and in parallel to study for the Diaconate. In 2018 he retired as RE teacher and school chaplain at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield. David was accepted as a volunteer RC chaplain at the Mid-Cheshire Hospital Trust in 2019, later being appointed as the Diocesan RC Chaplain by Bishop Mark Davies in 2022. As Hospital chaplain he is passionate about the role of chaplaincy as a key part of holistic care, and he strives to ensure that the wishes of Catholic patients on end-of-life care are understood and respected by all, particularly by non-practising family members.

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