The ‘Order for the Visitation of the Sick’ in the BCP provides for prayers, exhortations, and blessing in the presence of the sick person; it includes an exhortation to confession with a form prescribed for priestly absolution (which formed the basis for the 19th-cent. revival of the sacrament of Penance in the C of E). The ‘Communion of the Sick’ provides for a celebration of the Eucharist in the sick-room. Modern Anglican liturgies include prayers for healing and provide for the laying on of hands, unction, and Communion either from the Reserved Sacrament (often brought by lay people) or for a celebration in the presence of the sick person.
The 1972 RC ‘Order for Anointing the Sick and their Pastoral Care’ provides a comparable rite consisting of prayers, Bible readings, Psalms, and a blessing, with laying on of hands. In cases of serious illness this is followed by unction and Communion, and when death approaches by Viaticum and the ‘Commendatio morientium’.
See also unction.