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10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Kingclickmedia: 5:44pm On Jun 10, 2013
No one can predict the moment of death. But physicians and nurses involved in end-of-life care know that certain symptoms are usually associated with the body's shutting down. These signs of approaching death are specific to the natural dying process (apart from the effects of particular illnesses the person may have).

Not all dying symptoms show up in every person, but most people experience some combination of the following in the final days or hours:


1. Loss of appetite

Energy needs decline. The person may begin to resist or refuse meals and liquids, or accept only small amounts of bland foods (such as hot cereals). Meat, which is hard to digest, may be refused first. Even favorite foods hold little appeal.

Near the very end of life, the dying person may be physically unable to swallow.

How to respond: Don't force-feed; follow the person's cues even though you may be distressed by a loss of interest in eating. Periodically offer ice chips, a popsicle, or sips of water. Use a moistened warm cloth around the mouth and apply balm to the lips to keep them moist and comfortable.

2. Excessive fatigue and sleep

The person may begin to sleep the majority of the day and night as metabolism slows and the decline in food and water contribute to dehydration. He or she becomes difficult to rouse from sleep. The fatigue is so pronounced that awareness of immediate surroundings begins to drift.

How to respond: Permit sleep. Avoid jostling the person awake. Assume that everything you say can be heard, as the sense of hearing is thought to persist, even when the person is unconscious, in a coma, or otherwise not responsive.

3. Increased physical weakness

A decline in food intake and lack of energy leads to less energy, even for activities like lifting one's head or shifting in bed. The person may even have difficulty sipping from a straw.

How to respond: Focus on keeping the person comfortable.

4. Mental confusion or disorientation

Organs begin to fail, including the brain. Higher-order consciousness tends to change. "Few conditions leave people hyperaware when they're dying," says palliative-care physician Ira Byock, author of Dying Well.

The person may not be aware of where he or she is or who else is in the room, may speak or reply less often, may respond to people who can't be seen in the room by others (see Passing Away: What to Expect When Witnessing a Loved One's Death), may seem to say nonsensical things, may be confused about time, or may act restless and pick at bed linens.

How to respond: Remain calm and reassuring. Speak to the person softly, and identify yourself when you approach.

5. Labored breathing

Breath intakes and exhales become raggedy, irregular, and labored. A distinctive pattern called Cheyne-Stokes respiration might be heard: a loud, deep inhalation is followed by a pause of not breathing (apnea) for between five seconds to as long as a full minute, before a loud, deep breath resumes and again slowly peters out.

Sometimes excessive secretions create loud, gurling inhalations and exhalations that some people call a "death rattle."

How to respond: The stopped breathing or loud rattle can be alarming to listeners, but the dying person is unaware of this changed breathing; focus on overall comfort. Positions that may help: the head slightly elevated with a pillow, sitting up well-supported, or the head or lying body tilted to the side slightly. Moisten the mouth with a wet cloth and moisturize with lip balm or petroleum jelly.

If there's a lot of phlegm, allow it to drain naturally from the mouth, since suctioning it out can increase its quantity. A vaporizer in the room might help. Some people are given oxygen for comfort. Be a calm, physical presence, stroking the arm or speaking softly.

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Kingclickmedia: 5:48pm On Jun 10, 2013
6. Social withdrawal

As the body shuts down, the dying person may gradually lose interest in those nearby. He or she may stop talking or mutter unintelligibly, stop responding to questions, or simply turn away.

A few days before receding socially for the last time, the dying person sometimes surprises loved ones with an unexpected burst of alert, attentive behavior. This can last less than an hour or up to a full day.

How to respond: Be aware that this is a natural part of the dying process and not a reflection of your relationship. Maintain a physical presence by touching the dying person and continuing to talk, if it feels appropriate, without demanding anything back. Treasure an alert interlude if and when it occurs, because it's almost always fleeting.

7. Changes in urination

Little going in (as the person loses interest in food and drink) means little coming out. Dropping blood pressure, part of the dying process (and therefore not treated at this point, in tandem with other symptoms), also contributes to the kidneys shutting down. The concentrated urine is brownish, reddish, or tea-colored.

Loss of bladder and bowel control may happen late in the dying process.

How to respond: Hospice medical staff sometimes decides that a catheter is necessary, although not in the final hours of life. Kidney failure can increase blood toxins and contribute to a peaceful coma before death. Add a bed pad when placing fresh sheets.


8. Swelling in the feet and ankles

As the kidneys are less able to process bodily fluids, they can accumulate and get deposited in areas of the body away from the heart, in the feet and ankles especially. These places, and sometimes also the hands, face, or feet, take on a swollen, puffy appearance.

How to respond: Usually no special treatment (such as diuretics) is given when the swelling seems directly related to the dying process. (The swelling is the result of the natural death process, not its cause.)

9. Coolness in the tips of the fingers and toes

In the hours or minutes before death, blood circulation draws back from the periphery of the body to help the vital organs. As this happens, the extremities (hands, feet, fingers, toes) become notably cooler. Nail beds may also look more pale, or bluish.

How to respond: A warm blanket can keep the person comfortable, or he or she may be oblivious. The person may complain about the weight of coverings on the legs, so keep them loose.

10. Mottled veins

Skin that had been uniformly pale or ashen develops a distinctive pattern of purplish/reddish/bluish mottling as one of the later signs of death approaching. This is the result of reduced blood circulation. It may be seen first on the soles of the feet.

How to respond: No special steps need to be taken.

Note: These general signs of impending death can vary in sequence and combination from person to person. If a person is on life support (respirator, feeding tube), the process dying follows can be different. The signs of death listed here describe a natural dying process.



http://www.caring.com/articles/signs-of-death

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Sanboy25: 6:33pm On Jun 10, 2013
I thought only God knew these things... undecided

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Afrocatalyst: 7:23pm On Jun 10, 2013
Sanboy25: I thought only God knew these things... undecided

some are true tho. Science has d benefit of carrying out research on dying pple,that way they can understand their common denominator.
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by dominique(f): 9:12pm On Jun 10, 2013
Dying from what
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by moreeni(f): 8:59pm On Jun 11, 2013
OMG! This scares the heckkk out of me. God please keep my loved ones healthy and let them live for a long long time in the best of spirit. Whew, I need to call my very young Gramma kiss

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by HARDEYLEKE(m): 10:21pm On Jun 11, 2013
hmmm speechless..
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by weirdkay(m): 10:21pm On Jun 11, 2013
@op what about death by accident?

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Bluetooth2: 10:22pm On Jun 11, 2013
What about those young and agile people who showed none of these signs but end up in the ground.The simple truth is that there is no formular to life an death.

This aspect remains a myth to science as God alone knows what man doesn t know when it comes to issues of death.

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Nobody: 10:24pm On Jun 11, 2013
10 things when you post then family members should watch-out cuz its time to relocate you to YABA LEFT... WTF

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by tellwisdom: 10:24pm On Jun 11, 2013
How does one know he would be HIT by a car?? sad

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by tomsongz(m): 10:24pm On Jun 11, 2013
SIGNS THAT DA WORLD IS COMING TO AN END:.....brb
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Pyrrho: 10:24pm On Jun 11, 2013
So?
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by supaeagles(m): 10:25pm On Jun 11, 2013
moreeni: OMG! This scares the heckkk out of me. God please keep my loved ones healthy and let them live for a long long time in the best of spirit. Whew, I need to call my very young Gramma kiss
Me too, I was able to tick a few off that list in my case undecided
In essence, we are all dying I guess ...... the living dead actually wink
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by BYXplicit(m): 10:25pm On Jun 11, 2013
I can state Authoritatively that the compilation is fictious and without any reasonable conclusion..4most of the tips here can be experienced by anybody @any age due to certain factors yet we come out strong and long...belive this and believe anything.
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Yomieluv(m): 10:25pm On Jun 11, 2013
why is *EDI*not included?
beside,a very famished man can witness all these things too.

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by speedyboi(m): 10:26pm On Jun 11, 2013
angry angry angry grin grin grin cheesy cheesy cheesy sad sad sad
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by MrAladin: 10:26pm On Jun 11, 2013
HOW DID THIS TRASH MAKE FP YABA LEFT THINGS ON UR MIND
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Nobody: 10:26pm On Jun 11, 2013
SHUT dah F... UP
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by OkikiOluwa1(m): 10:27pm On Jun 11, 2013
ScArY tOpIc!!! sCaRy ThReAd!!!
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by OtigaAlih(m): 10:28pm On Jun 11, 2013
11. When you keep bleeping your LandLord's daughter and your house rent don dey expire! cry

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Pyrrho: 10:28pm On Jun 11, 2013
tellwisdom: How does one know he would be HIT by a car?? sad
Or striken by lightenning
Hit by stray bullet
Slump and die
Building collapsing on you...

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by cumpaddre(m): 10:28pm On Jun 11, 2013
Nice write-up. Btw, how will some1 know if he/she is gona get shot?
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by nwannemous: 10:28pm On Jun 11, 2013
Chai, naso life b oooo
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Nobody: 10:29pm On Jun 11, 2013
ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!!
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by blexxyn(m): 10:30pm On Jun 11, 2013
death is unpredictable
Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by yuzedo: 10:38pm On Jun 11, 2013
Otiga Alih: 11. When you keep bleeping your LandLord's daughter and your house rent don dey expire! cry
grin angry

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Nightshift(m): 10:39pm On Jun 11, 2013
Death scares , but i always think about having a great experience afterwards when it's over here on earth. I'm looking forward to being back someday to my original galaxy. Enjoying the peace of the universe and perhaps meeting loved ones who have gone years ago.
I believe my mother planet or galaxy will welcome me with open arms - all in fulfilment of God's will for my soul!
Souls be strong, it's certainly better there than here on earth. The tranquility of the universe will give the good souls peace and love. Peace!!

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Pdizzle(m): 10:39pm On Jun 11, 2013
i think d op is talking about natural death symptoms

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Nobody: 10:44pm On Jun 11, 2013
dominique: Dying from what
mostly old age.but can manifest in middle ages people if they've been sick for a while
weirdkay: @op what about death by accident?
pls don't Tell me u just asked this silly question
BY Xplicit: I can state Authoritatively that the compilation is fictious and without any reasonable conclusion..4most of the tips here can be experienced by anybody @any age due to certain factors yet we come out strong and long...belive this and believe anything.
and what's your authority?abeg open your mind jare

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by aktunde(m): 10:52pm On Jun 11, 2013
Poster, please stop scaring the hell out of people with these. These are not dieying symptoms. These are just signs that someone is sick. I have had at least 6 of these symptoms at the same time, and I am still bouncing. That is over 10 years ago. Meanwhile, some people did not have any of these yet they just couldn't wake up from their sleep the next morning. Sickness has symptoms, but death has no symptom. People die anyday, anytime and any how, with or without no symptoms. That is life for you.

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Re: 10 Signs to know that Death Is Near by Starlett: 10:58pm On Jun 11, 2013
Unbelievable that someone should post this! Is death now a disease for it to have signs and symptoms? These are signs that could go with just about any sickness.
However, if there's already a sickness on ground, then one could talk of signs of death.

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