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Signs that you are about to die

Signs that you are about to die

Someone close to death will likely refuse food and water. Their breathing and heart rates will slow and/or be abnormal and their hands, arms, feet, or legs may be cool to the touch. They may also be agitated, anxious, and confused.

What are the signs that someone is dying?

Feeling weak and tired.

Sleeping more or being drowsy.

Feeling hot or cold.

Cold hands or feet.

Eating and drinking less.

Bladder or bowel problems.

Breathlessness (dyspnoea)

Pain.

Decapitation.

Decomposition.

Postmortem lividity.

Postmortem rigidity.

Burned beyond recognition.

What do the last hours of life look like?

In the last hours before dying a person may become very alert or active. This may be followed by a time of being unresponsive. You may see blotchiness and feel the cooling of the arms and legs. Their eyes will often be open and not blinking.

How long does end-of-life last?

The end-of-life period—when body systems shut down and death is imminent—typically lasts from a matter of days to a couple of weeks. Some patients die gently and tranquility, while others seem to fight the inevitable. Reassuring your loved one it is okay to die can help both of you through this process.

Source

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/being-there/end-of-life-preparation/signs-of-dying

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