Giuseppe Maria Crespi's Death of St Joseph

Death and Dying

Catholic teaching understands our care for the dying and our treatment of the dead as great works of mercy, and our relation to the dead as an ongoing reality and a vehicle of God’s grace to them and to us and an irreplaceable source of cultural practices that sustain and humanize everyday life. However, Western societies increasingly seek to control, sanitize, and deny death, and individuals seek to avoid the pain of loss and their own mortality, while both deny any ongoing relation to the dead. Advising and supporting a diverse portfolio of ventures, the Memento Mori Initiative employs narrative, research, communal collaboration, and market influence to renew and develop Catholic religious and cultural practices in care for the dying and the dead in the Church today.