Signs That Death Is Near  

As a caregiver to a person who is close to dying, there are a few signs that you must be able to read. However, you must also keep in mind that exhibiting one or more of these signs may not always mean that the person is close to death.

One of the main signs is unresponsiveness. Most people who are close to death may not be able to speak, but their hearing remains more or less intact, so you must keep talking as normally as possible, even though you will not get any response from the other side. Terminal restlessness will also take place around this time, which means the person may get fidgety and keep tugging at the bed linen. Do not act alarmed; instead, try to calm him down, speak in a soothing manner and gently rub his forehead and hands. Chances are he may not recognize you, and instead talk about people and places from the past, but that is normal. He will not want to eat or drink anything, so do not try to force him to do so. If swallowing is not a problem then give him some juice or water, or else some lip balm to keep his lips moist.

Incontinence is natural at this stage, so make sure there are disposable pads on the bed and that the patient is dry and comfortable at all times. His body temperature will start to drop, so when you feel his skin becoming cooler than usual, wrap some blankets around him. Using electric blankets at this stage is a big no-no.

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