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Sickness, Suffering, and Death 

Grave illness, and the time surrounding death, particularly the death of a loved one or even our own death, can be the most difficult and important times in our lives. The Church has given Catholics many sacramentals to help us in these times of trial and greatest need.

Some examples are crucifixes that can be blessed with the Happy Death indulgence, or St. Benedict medals to help protect us against temptation. There are also many spiritual books, many written by the Saints, to instruct and help us to suffer well and meritoriously.