7 Signs that announce DEATH...
Death is very complicated; Each person's journey is unique, as is the healing process of each survivor. Whether you are a person in charge of a loved one who is dying, or someone aware that your time on earth is coming to an end due to illness or age, it is good to learn what we can expect when the natural death is about to come. This knowledge helps us to be better prepared (to the extent possible). In addition, this could also give you time to make certain decisions of comfort and relief, so, whatever the reason, do not miss several signs that announce the arrival of death ...
1. Sleep much more than normal
You probably already know, but in the months before the end of a person's life, the affected person could begin to sleep much more than normal. As we approach death, the metabolism of the organism decreases drastically, and for that very reason, without a constant supply of energy and fatigue easily emerge victoriously. How can you help? Just let him sleep and help him find a comfortable place to rest; Encourage him to get out of bed from time to time so that he does not develop sores or, in worse cases, eschar (necrotic tissue).
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2. Eat and drink less
Energy needs decrease as you get older. Because so much is not required to carry out daily tasks, food and drinks seem to be left to some extent. People who are close to death do not even show interest in some of their favorite foods; A few days before dying, your loved one will stop eating or drinking completely. How can you help? Let him eat when he is hungry. Hydration is important, so offer ice chips or use a cloth dipped in cold water to caress their lips. When you stop drinking, keep your lips hydrated with a balm.
3. Away from other people
It is not uncommon for people on their deathbed to withdraw little by little from activities or other subjects they love. This is a natural reflection of the changes in energy, as well as the desire to protect your last days and hours. How can you help? Moving away does not mean that you do not enjoy the company of your loved ones; Let your friends and family visit you when you feel most comfortable. If you do not want to, do not take it personally; this does not reflect what they feel for you. He could simply not want to be seen to die, which is why he isolates himself the last days.
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4. Changes in waste functions
As your loved one eats and drinks less, bowel movements become small and irregular. In the same way, urination becomes less frequent, reaching the point of not needing to go to the bathroom at all. How can you help? It is a natural process, so do not be alarmed if you stop going to the bathroom. Changes in the color of the urine are also normal, reflect kidney function and, as the kidneys stop, their production decreases or stops. Caregivers may use a catheter to drain urine from the bladder.
5. Changes in vital signs
When the death is getting close little by little to that person, the blood pressure falls drastically. The changes in breathing become much more obvious, and the heartbeat becomes irregular and difficult to detect. As blood pressure drops dramatically, the kidneys also stop working. In fact, you may notice that the urine is tan, brown or even rust. How can you help? These changes are not painful, so you really do not need to do anything in return.
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6. Increase confusion
The brain remains very active during the phase of death. However, it is not uncommon for a person who is dying to have moments of confusion or incoherence. Some may become restless and aggressive if they do not know where they are or what is happening. How can you help? Keep calm and speak in a low voice; Assure him that you are at his side to take care of him/her. Likewise, you can tell your loved one who you are when you start talking, introducing him to each person who sits next to him. Their brain still works, even if it looks like they're asleep.
The intensity of the pain will probably increase as a person approaches death. It is not uncommon for her to show visible signs of pain, including grimacing, grunting or frowning. How can you help? Most pain can be treated, but this may require that people have to be admitted to a hospital or nursing facility. Those who are dying may have problems swallowing, so they may require an intravenous route to administer pain medication (only in a hospital).