Although the sacrament
of Extreme Unction / Anointing of the Sick should certainly be received while
one is clearly living, a priest is justly called even after apparent death (e.g.
when the person has no heartbeat, no brainwaves, no breathing, etc.), since one
cannot be certain that the soul has left the body until the body reaches a
certain, irreversible state (i.e. putrefaction).
Should a priest not
wish to come after apparent death, he may be reminded of this Canon...
"Can. 1005 If
there is any doubt as to whether the sick person has reached the age of reason,
or is dangerously ill, or is dead, this sacrament is to be administered." (1983
Code of Canon Law)
If the priest will
not come, you might try contacting another priest. Note, however, that priests
would not give the sacrament if the person is 'for sure' dead.
Extreme Unction is given to 'apparently dead' persons, it is administered
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