Davening for very sick person to pass away

May one pray for a person that has a painful illness to pass away?

One is to pray for a person to be healed even if “a sword is resting on his neck”, and the situation seems hopeless.[1] At the same time, if a person is suffering much pain and has a terminal illness from which there is no medical recovery, one may pray for the person to pass away.[2]


[1] Brachos 10a in story of Chizkia and Yeshaya the Navi

[2] Ran Nedarim 40a based on Kesubos 104a; Aruch Hashulchan 335/3; Igros Moshe Choshen Mishpat 2/73

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