Recognizing the Signs That Death Is Near
If you are caring for someone who is terminally ill, you may be wondering how to identify the signs that death is near. Your loved one may even be in the "pre-active" phase of dying as you read this. The "active" phase usually lasts around three days, and typically includes things like unresponsiveness, bowel incontinence, and skin that becomes blue or blotchy. However, the list of possible signs is vast, and not everyone experiences the same symptoms.
Is someone close to dying? It's not a topic we want to have to think about. It's especially difficult when that someone is a friend or loved one. Although those who are going through the death process may not always follow the same patterns of dying, there are some indications that the end is near.
If your friend or loved one was given a certain amount of time left to live, it can be agonizing as you are trying to cope with that time frame and always wondering if today is the day. Although healthcare providers may estimate how much time someone has left, the date is not set in stone. In fact, predictions by a doctor about the length of time someone has left from the original diagnosis until death are often inaccurate. These estimations can only serve as a general guideline.
Keep in mind that each person is unique and may or may not show the same types of signs as others. The signs can be different based on a number of factors, such as the type of terminal illness he or she has and the metabolic condition of the person. Let's look at some of the common signs and discuss ways to deal with them.