Here are some signs & symptoms of death
- Withdrawal: A person facing the last portion of life on earth may withdraw from daily life. The withdrawal may be physical, such as sleeping most of the day or appearing almost to be in a comatose-like state or, the withdrawal may be emotional. The elderly loved one may not want to spend a lot of time talking with family and friends.
- Restlessness:Those in the last stages of life may appear restless for no reason. They may pull at the bed covers, try to get up from bed for no reason, or thrash around the bed. This restlessness may occur as blood flow to the brain slows. Restlessness, though, may also be a sign that your dying loved one has unfinished business to tend to.
To prevent the bedsheets from becoming tussled, you might consider buying a set of bedsheet suspenders which attach under the sheet to keep the sheet pulled down and straight. This can help shield against bedsores also.
- Changes in appetite.:This is probably the toughest symptom of dying that a caregiver has to endure is providing nourishment as foods for health are neccessary,The body naturally slows down and forcing food is a bit cruel as the body can’t digest the food as it used to. Bloating and uncomfortable feelings, such as constipation can occur. Therefore, let the dying person dictate what they would like to eat. It’s tough but must be done.
- Incontinence: Toward the end of life, the dying person may not recognize the body’s signals to urinate or defecate. In addition to not recognize the symptoms of needing to “go”, the body’s muscles relax and there might not be any control of these activities any longer.
- Changes in breathing:a normal heart rate should be steady however as someone nears the end of life on earth, breathing patterns usually change. Instead of the slow, deep breaths of a sleeping person, the dying breaths may become shallow and rapid followed by pauses in breathing all together. These pauses may last from 5 seconds to a full minute. This is very difficult to watch so be prepared. But, changes in breathing in the dying person is very normal and not at all painful for them.
Note to caregivers: As you sit by the bed and watch your loved one strive for breath, you might find yourself meeting their pattern. Remember to breathe!
- Gurgling sounds in the back of the throat. Although these gurgling sounds may sound painful, the dying person is not in any kind of pain. The gurgling sounds occur because the dying cannot swallow so saliva gathers in the back of the throat. And, in addition, depending on the medications the dying person is on, the gurgling may worsen as the kidneys stop producing urine so there is more water present in the body.
- Changes in body temperature. The dying body naturally will try to keep the internal organs warm so the extremities of a dying person may feel abnormally cool to the touch. But, a fever may also exist as the body’s natural regulation of temperature weakens. Sweaty or clammy skin may occur with or without a fever.
With changes in body temperature come changes in the look of your loved one. The lips may take on a bluish cast, the skin may pale or become blotchy or purplish as circulation slows. These changes are normal signs of dying and are not painful to the your elderly loved one.
- Delusions or Dementia. As blood supply to the brain slows, the dying may become delusional. They may start talking out loud to others we can’t see (and, who is to say those others aren’t surrounding our loved one?). Frequently, those close to dying will utter words about “Going home.” Some see this as a symbolic meaning and others see this as a way for the dying to signal to us that they’re about to travel to somewhere else.
We should all be prepared to leave this world one day ,Understanding the symptoms of death let us show compassion to those dying especially if they start to behave strangely
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