eileithyia wrote: This strikes me as a very blinkered view of life. The person was entitled to be respected to make their own decision
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the usual buzzword "informed
consent"? It seems to me that if the patient was essentially acting on false information (that god would save him/her directly, not through human agency) and the chaplain could have sorted that out, he had a duty to do so.
If the patient had actually wanted
to die, that would be another matter, but from the way you tell it I get the impression that he/she wanted to live and was expecting divine intervention to that end.