The anointing of the sick is a sacrament that can be administered to the sick, especially to terminally sick people in a communal celebration in church, or privately. It is a sacrament that, if received in faith, can strengthen the sick person both spiritually and physically.
a) For a terminally sick person, don’t wait to call the priest
when the person is in a coma, or when the person can’t respond anymore.
A sacrament is well received when a person is fully aware and conscience
of the grace he/she receives.
b) The last rites to be given to a dying person includes not only the sacrament of the anointing, but also the sacrament of reconciliation (confessions) and the sacrament of the Eucharist (communion as viaticum).
c) Lay people cannot administer the above sacraments to people, but
they can be called to pray for the sick persons in hospitals or in houses.
People in our prayer groups, if notified, can come to the house to pray
or to bring communion to the sick.