Originally Posted by Justin Angel
Ron, when this sacrament is administered to someone who is dying, is the Holy Eucharist normally given to him?
And how about those occasions when someone receives this sacrament but not at the time of approaching death?
Ideally, when a person is close to death, they should receive confession, communion, and Anointing of the Sick, that is, all three Sacraments.
When someone is not near death, but is chronically ill, or is very ill, or is ill with an ailment that cannot be treated or diagnosed, then they can receive the Anointing of the Sick. But it is not to be given out liberally to anyone who wants to receive it. Only to the sick, and not for minor ailments.
When someone is not near death, they might still receive all three Sacraments, but receiving all three is not as urgent for those who are not near death.