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Besides assisting your friend with prayer – especially the Rosary and prayers to St. Joseph – and other applicable aid, it's good to consider whether a priest should be called. If the sickness is (or may become) serious, your friend should receive all applicable sacraments & blessings. If you are not sure whether or not sacraments should be dispensed, you might "err on the side of caution" and request the priest to come anyways. You might also ensure the person is (safely) wearing a scapular and has access to a crucifix, holy images, and a rosary (or similar items that are safe given their physical condition).

Note: The above assumes your friend is Catholic. If your friend is not Catholic, you might try to get them to pray 'Act of Contrition' type prayer(s) with you. If they are very ill, perhaps you could pray aloud and ask them to pray silently with you if they are able. If they have not been baptized, you could request a priest perform a baptism (or conditional baptism), if applicable. In more urgent cases, you might perform the baptism/conditional baptism yourself, if appropriate.


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