Preparing for Death

Jewish law is adamant that a dying person is treated with the same respect due any living person. The mitzvah of visiting the sick is of great importance and it is a privilege and an honor to sit with a dying person, offer comfort, and ease her through this passage. To be present – to listen, to touch, to accept, to apologize, to forgive – are all invaluable gifts to one who is dying and probably to oneself as well.