According to Wiki, Last Rites are the last prayers and ministrations given to many Catholics when possible shortly before death. The last rites go by various names and include various practices in different Catholic traditions. They may be administered to those awaiting execution, mortally injured, or terminally ill. The last rites are meant to prepare the dying person's soul for death, by providing absolution for sins by penance, sacramental grace and prayers for the relief of suffering through anointing, and the final administration of the Eucharist, known as Viaticum, which is Latin for "provision for the journey."
|Dutch School, c.1600: Last Rites, Oil on wood, 92 x 90 cm|
Excerpt from Grim Reaper, by Terry Pratchett, in which DEATH is let go...
[In which Windle Poons, of the Unseen Universtiy, doesn't quite die]
"What was being thought by Windle Poons, in the humming, flashing cockpit of his brain, was: well, it's true. There is life after death. And it's the same one. Just my luck"