Life Planning

In 2017, the Diocese of Richmond hosted a three-part series intended for anyone who would like to learn more about a number of issues that may come as one nears the end of life and considers long-term care. Some of the topics that were addressed include:

  • caring for an aging parent or spouse
  • considering assisted living, hospice, or in-home care
  • planning for a Catholic funeral or work with funeral homes and cemeteries
  • Advance Medical Directives and health care proxies
  • the moral teaching of the Church surrounding the end-of-life
  • ordinary versus extraordinary means of care
  • estate planning

These seminars are a collaborative effort between the Diocese of Richmond’s Center for Marriage, Family, and Life, Office of Worship, Catholic Community Foundation, Catholic Cemeteries, Bon Secours, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, and the Residential Adult Care Centers.

Below you can view the videos of each presenter’s content. Please contact us by email or phone (804-622-5109) with any questions or assistance you may require.


“Moral Questions at the End of Life”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

Joining us will be Dr. Christopher Gross, Ph.D., adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America and Dr. Kelly Stuart, MD, MPH, MTS, MSNDR, Healthcare Ethicist & Medical Director Mission Services at Bon Secours Richmond Health System. The speakers will discuss Church teaching as it relates to moral issues that may arise at the end of one’s life such as the boundaries of ordinary versus extraordinary care and what you should consider when creating an Advance Medical Directive or attaining a health care proxy.

Watch the recorded presentations below:

Dr. Christopher Gross | “Moral Questions and End of Life Care”

Dr. Kelly Stuart | “Practical Matters in Advance Care Planning”

Download the Advance Medical Directive


“Transitions to Assisted Living, Hospice, and At-Home-Care”

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

Joining us will be Dr. Robert Fortini (Bon Secours Health System), Chris Tan (CEO of Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia), Beth Tan (Social Worker at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Assisted Living Community), Nan Pascal (Community Relations Coordinator at Saint Mary’s Woods Assisted Living Community),  and Bruce Slough (Executive Director of Saint Francis Home). They will discuss the different types of healthcare as it relates to acute and long-term care, residential facilities, and what kinds of things to consider when facing a decision related to long-term care.

Watch the recorded presentations below:

Dr. Robert Fortini | “Making Healthcare Easy: The Latest Technology”

Nan Pascal | “Meeting Needs for the Seasons of Life”

Chris Tan | “Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia: Older Adults and Senior Care Services”

Beth Tan | “Diary of a Social Worker”


“Funeral Planning, Cemeteries, and Estate Planning”

Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

This session will feature three separate presentations from an expert on funeral planning in the Catholic Church, the Diocesan Director of Cemeteries, and an experienced Catholic estate attorney. They will discuss best practices for your family regarding funeral planning, funeral homes, cemeteries, estate planning, and estate management.

Maggie Keenan | Legacy Giving

Steve Watson | Estate Planning

Brother William | Renewing the Rite of Christian Funerals (Part One)

Brother William | Renewing the Rite of Christian Funerals (Part Two)

Deacon Ed Handel | Cemeteries and Funeral Homes