All clergy mean well I’m sure. There is a problem with preaching God will save you when there is no chance you will survive.
People who have sought their clergy person’s advice naturally want to hear what he/she thinks about the latest health situation. The link explains that many clergy discourage letting the clock run out and forgoing heroic medical measures that have little if any chance for success. Instead, they tend to encourage options that make death more miserable than it needs to be.
The entire Christian enterprise is successful because it over promises. It tells people God hears their prayers and allows people to live happily after death. When a pastor hears the best option is hospice care to minimize pain and await death, it is an admission God can do nothing.
By promoting the notion that prayer can change things, Christianity has painted itself into a corner. When the inevitable time comes that there is no hope for to extend a life it has to go against its theology to help the patient. How much better it would be to have never made promises the faith cannot deliver.
There is the old adage, “Honesty is the best policy.” It would be refreshing to the faith to adopt that. It might say, “There may be an invisible spirit which no one has ever seen. There may not be one.”
Or, “There may be an afterlife, but there may not be one.” Finally, “Prayers for you health probably will not help you.”