Religion

Religious beliefs, teachings, and traditions can often help patients and families navigate the shoals of end-of-life decision making.  Some of the general guidance provided by religious organizations on end-of-life decision making is provided here, along with the chart below showing percentages of denominational adherents in the U.S.

The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the share of Americans who do not identify with any organized religion is growing. These changes affect all regions in the country and many demographic groups. See Pew Research Center: Religion and Public Life

 

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