Living with Dignity has eight principal objectives:
- To support persons made vulnerable by illness in all circumstances and in all stages of life.
- To defend the dignity, equality and intrinsic value of the lives of the elderly and of all people who live with a disability or an acute or chronic illness.
- To encourage a global approach in our health care system: an approach which, in the spirit of social solidarity, is respectful of patients, their loved ones and the common good.
- To promote access to appropriate care for all, including adequate pain management and quality palliative care, in the environment which best meets the needs of the patient.
- To oppose disproportionate treatment as well as euthanasia and assisted suicide.
- To protect the relationship of trust between doctor and patient, the universally recognized role of health professionals as protectors of life, and the security of patients in health-care institutions.
- To promote popular education on important issues at the end of life, including disproportionate treatment, the right to refuse treatment, pain control and palliative care.
- To promote a legislative and ethical environment opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide.