Advise One He is Dying
Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim
Hi, my name is xxxxxxx and I am a senior at a Jewish High School in
California, I have a question to ask several rabbis or priests regarding
terminal illnesses. I hope you can help me. Respond to the following
ethical dilemma. Thank you.
Mesora: I feel it is unjust to allow someone to die, and not give him the right to make amends with others. One should also be given the right to repent before his death if he is capable of doing so.
Allowing someone to remain ignorant about their approaching death is predicated on the false assumption that this Earthly existence is to e prized over all. This is not Judaism.
One's soul survives physical death. So although the body after death is reposing in the grave, the soul has an eternal afterlife. This state is affected by what and how we live our lives here. Giving someone the painful news of his quickly approaching demise, will enable him to search his thoughts, recall his actions, and make good for the wrongs committed, and ask God for atonement for his sins. This will then secure for him an eternal reward after death, which greatly outweighs the relatively miniscule pain suffered on Earth when he is alerted to his mortality.