10 Signs Death Is Near

What to expect and how to respond to the natural dying process
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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.


1 day ago, said...

My mom, who is 93 and in hospice care has been extending her hands upward at times as if she is reaching for someones hands, She has been having conversations with deceased siblings for a while now but lately she has been laughing a lot at unheard conversations. Am I imagining these as signs? My mom, who is 93 and in hospice care has been extending her hands upward at times as if she is reaching for someones hands, She has been having conversations with deceased siblings for a while now but lately she has been laughing a lot at unheard conversations. Am I imagining these as signs? Hide


8 days ago, said...

what if a person says that ,When he closes his eyes he sees people he knows and people he has meet walking around talking,but when he opens his eyes their gone. what if a person says that ,When he closes his eyes he sees people he knows and people he has meet walking around talking,but when he opens his eyes their gone. Hide


13 days ago, said...

What about when their eyes start to alwaysvtoll back in their head? Is it just no muscle control What about when their eyes start to alwaysvtoll back in their head? Is it just no muscle control Hide


20 days ago, said...

Very informative article for any common person. We live in South India. My mother-in-law is now 93 years old. she talks to the persons in the room who are not visible to us. She at times narrates the happenings when she is sitting and talking to us casually, in a dramatic way. Her legs/knees are swollen. Even though her intake is reduced a little , she takes solid food on her own, as she used to do earlier. She is handicapped and bedridden for nearly a decade. I am the only person fully... Show more Very informative article for any common person. We live in South India. My mother-in-law is now 93 years old. she talks to the persons in the room who are not visible to us. She at times narrates the happenings when she is sitting and talking to us casually, in a dramatic way. Her legs/knees are swollen. Even though her intake is reduced a little , she takes solid food on her own, as she used to do earlier. She is handicapped and bedridden for nearly a decade. I am the only person fully taking care of her every day and night for the past sixteen years. She is totally bed ridden now for the past six months. Pl. pray for her healthy recovery or for peaceful death. Hide


26 days ago, said...

I never knew there were steps until I noticed my Husband was talking to some one that wasn't visible to me in the hospital room. He was so convincing, it was spooky. My mom went through all the signs like I expected her to. She passes away in peace alone in the nursing home. No more pain, crying and no more dying Thank God. Though it hurts me to see her go I am relieved. I never knew there were steps until I noticed my Husband was talking to some one that wasn't visible to me in the hospital room. He was so convincing, it was spooky. My mom went through all the signs like I expected her to. She passes away in peace alone in the nursing home. No more pain, crying and no more dying Thank God. Though it hurts me to see her go I am relieved. Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

My mom seems to barley be breathing I so just want to pick her up and hug her My mom seems to barley be breathing I so just want to pick her up and hug her Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

how long da a person live with pancreas cancer after chemo and raditation his been done how long da a person live with pancreas cancer after chemo and raditation his been done Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

It is really true. I have seen my grandfather undergo this process before he passed away. No appetite,difficult to drink,blurred speech and etc. One fine morning, he left us for good. It is really true. I have seen my grandfather undergo this process before he passed away. No appetite,difficult to drink,blurred speech and etc. One fine morning, he left us for good. Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

I know my life will end very soon God. I pray that when and if you take me soon I go to heaven and have a new life. Please keep my family calm and safe as this is happening. Amen I know my life will end very soon God. I pray that when and if you take me soon I go to heaven and have a new life. Please keep my family calm and safe as this is happening. Amen Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

My mom got a cervical cancer she not eating and her feet is sore and leaking water she always sleeping it is the sign of death My mom got a cervical cancer she not eating and her feet is sore and leaking water she always sleeping it is the sign of death Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

what does it mean when someone is like a sleep but a wake with like a foogy look in there eye but they snap out of it ??? what does it mean when someone is like a sleep but a wake with like a foogy look in there eye but they snap out of it ??? Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

My dad is dying. Sleeping most of the day not eating. I know he is trying to hang on until siblings get here. He is not my worry. My mom is. Healthy (ish) but she doesn't do alone well. But she us also not a person who will go out and be social. I can spend a little more time with her but I do work and have my own responsibilities. I am the only local relative. My dad is dying. Sleeping most of the day not eating. I know he is trying to hang on until siblings get here. He is not my worry. My mom is. Healthy (ish) but she doesn't do alone well. But she us also not a person who will go out and be social. I can spend a little more time with her but I do work and have my own responsibilities. I am the only local relative. Hide


about 1 month ago, said...

Katherine, I am a medical social worker working with an in home health care agency, I do work in California, However it should be the same that your part d should cover your drugs, MD visits etc. Your state should have a home health agency also, you will need a doctors referral to home health. They would have social workers to help you as you are homebound and home health is covered 100% by medicare. Good luck Katherine, I am a medical social worker working with an in home health care agency, I do work in California, However it should be the same that your part d should cover your drugs, MD visits etc. Your state should have a home health agency also, you will need a doctors referral to home health. They would have social workers to help you as you are homebound and home health is covered 100% by medicare. Good luck Hide


2 months ago, said...

This was exactly how it happened in my Grandmother's case... Although I still find it hard to believe but I can notice it in Gramps as well now... Looks like he's dying... Its really sad to think about your beloved dying sort of, I mean the feeling hurts... I think I've just got to make him happy and keep hoping it doesn't happen too soon... All the same Thanks for this! ... Show more This was exactly how it happened in my Grandmother's case... Although I still find it hard to believe but I can notice it in Gramps as well now... Looks like he's dying... Its really sad to think about your beloved dying sort of, I mean the feeling hurts... I think I've just got to make him happy and keep hoping it doesn't happen too soon... All the same Thanks for this! ... Hide


2 months ago, said...

My mother is 86, according to what I have read now she is dying. She is not eating and take in very little water or maybe 100ml of soup. She Urinate about 3 times a day and it is a rusty colour. She had bowel movement (splash0 yellow a week ago and today she had a splash again (a lot) but a brownish coulour. Is this also a sign of near death. She asked me earlier today what are we going to do with her furniture and clothing, although she has no furniture as she is staying with me. She... Show more My mother is 86, according to what I have read now she is dying. She is not eating and take in very little water or maybe 100ml of soup. She Urinate about 3 times a day and it is a rusty colour. She had bowel movement (splash0 yellow a week ago and today she had a splash again (a lot) but a brownish coulour. Is this also a sign of near death. She asked me earlier today what are we going to do with her furniture and clothing, although she has no furniture as she is staying with me. She also wanted to go visit someone with us. And she talks a lot about people in her room that I cannot see. Hide


2 months ago, said...

10 for 10. Race to my 40th 10 for 10. Race to my 40th Hide


3 months ago, said...

Katherine, Perhaps there is an ombudsman in your city who can help you sort out your insurance issues. Or a service agency specializing in social workers who can hook you up with appropriate services. You might find help through your local hospital. They usually can refer you to such agencies. I assume since you get Medicare that you are a senior. Try to find a senior service agency in your area. I wish you all the luck. Don't give up. Keep trying until you find someone to help you. Katherine, Perhaps there is an ombudsman in your city who can help you sort out your insurance issues. Or a service agency specializing in social workers who can hook you up with appropriate services. You might find help through your local hospital. They usually can refer you to such agencies. I assume since you get Medicare that you are a senior. Try to find a senior service agency in your area. I wish you all the luck. Don't give up. Keep trying until you find someone to help you. Hide


3 months ago, said...

I have Multiple Sclerosis The relasping kind, I can no longer walk ( not even with a walker). I have a power chair I use always.. My feet and lower legs are very swollen, at times feel as thou they could burst. I had Molina Health Care of Springfield, Illinois. They called me the other week to tell me I no longer had their insurance. Dropped me without any prior notice. Its been 3 weeks now without insurane. I am out of my medications Including my Glatopa injections, Cyclobenzaprine,... Show more I have Multiple Sclerosis The relasping kind, I can no longer walk ( not even with a walker). I have a power chair I use always.. My feet and lower legs are very swollen, at times feel as thou they could burst. I had Molina Health Care of Springfield, Illinois. They called me the other week to tell me I no longer had their insurance. Dropped me without any prior notice. Its been 3 weeks now without insurane. I am out of my medications Including my Glatopa injections, Cyclobenzaprine, Baclofen, Oxycodone Acetaminophen, Buproion.. I Feel my body spireling down very quickly. The full body cramping and I think sezeres. Also pain.. I am terified, I cant even see my doctors because I do not have health insurance to pay them..I only collect Social Security $1000. per month ( This last month only $895.00 due to medicaid?, because of the new health insurance laws.?.)( my rent is $700. per month and then utilities, I barely scrap by. Acually I fall short every month) I recieved a letter from Department of Health & Human Services. Its states I qualify for " Extra Help paying Medicare prescription drug coverage costs " Says I qualify November 1, 2015-at least until December 31, 2016. My showed this letter to my pharmicy and they are Not ecepting this letter as proff of insurance that will pay for my drug costs. Ive ask Molina Health Care to please mail me an application for thier Molina Duel Program ( Molina with Medicaid and Medicare ).. I spoke with them on November 6th, 2015. It is now November 20th, 2015 and I have Not recieved it yet.... I already qualify for Medicaid and Medicare, but I cant find anyone to help me... I dont know what to do anymore. I currently have " Care Link " thats comes to my home and cooks and cleans and shops for me. But they cant help me with my Health Insurance issues. Without my medications I will soon not be able to get out of bed anymore. I am trying very hard not to give up...Im afraid that day is comming soon. I have no family to help me, its just me and my little dog. Please can anyone give me some advise. Thank You; Katharine Colton Springfield, Illinois. 62704 Hide


3 months ago, said...

Hi,I am a 20 year old girl...Doctors are in the process of finding out what's wrong with my heart,the treatment they gave me makes me more sick and makes my heart beat very very fast.another thing is my trache is sore,if it shuts,would I die? Hi,I am a 20 year old girl...Doctors are in the process of finding out what's wrong with my heart,the treatment they gave me makes me more sick and makes my heart beat very very fast.another thing is my trache is sore,if it shuts,would I die? Hide


3 months ago, said...

Thank you for this. My grandmother is dying from cancer (perhaps other things too, she is 93 after all). I'm on the other side of the country but my mother is there and tells me what is happening. The nurse said she thinks my grandmother won't wake up again, as she has been mostly sleeping and can only handle liquidated food. I was looking for some information to give me an idea of how much time she might have exactly. This helps. I am hoping she doesn't die today though as it is my son's... Show more Thank you for this. My grandmother is dying from cancer (perhaps other things too, she is 93 after all). I'm on the other side of the country but my mother is there and tells me what is happening. The nurse said she thinks my grandmother won't wake up again, as she has been mostly sleeping and can only handle liquidated food. I was looking for some information to give me an idea of how much time she might have exactly. This helps. I am hoping she doesn't die today though as it is my son's 3rd birthday and don't want it to also be the anniversary of my grandmother's death. But what will be will be. I've never had anyone close to me die, apart from a teacher in the 7th grade in a car crash, but that felt different and was a long time ago now. I am glad I managed to get some flowers sent to her a few days ago and she even saw them several times during the day when she was awake. It was my goodbye to her. Hide