What are the signs of the end stage of life?

1 answer | Last updated: Dec 22, 2011
A fellow caregiver asked...

How do you recognize the end stage of a loved one's dying? What are the symptoms?


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Hospice nurse answered...

Depending on the disease you're dealing with, end of life symptoms can vary, your physician should be your first source of information about your particular situation. 

  I would love to help you with more information here however, without knowing your specific circumstances, I may only overwhelm you with information you don't need.

There is a fabulous book that I give to all of my patient's loved-ones called "Gone From My Sight" by Barbara Karnes - you can order it online by doing an internet search.  The book is a small pamphlet that discusses the signs and symptoms of approaching death from the last months of life to the last hours.  It is a very easy read and I've only had rave reviews from those who have read it. 

You are doing the right thing by looking for answers.  Best of luck.