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Recognize the dying process:
These are the signs of death

The death of a loved one often hits us as a shock. In most cases, however, it is not entirely unexpected. Realizing the signs of impending death can help you take your time saying goodbye and even make the dying process easier for your loved one.

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When does the dying process begin?

The dying process of a person comes at the end of a fatal illness or at the end of the natural aging process. The signs of this can appear several days, but also only a few hours before his death. When people die very suddenly, such as death from a heart attack, these signs occur Not on.

  • Many people go through longer phases of illness and dwindling strength even before the actual dying process. Their treatment is the task of palliative medicine.
  • The patients are often confined to bed and dependent on support or care from other people. These phases can last for several weeks.
  • As a relative, you can already speak to an undertaker during this time and make provisions for the impending death. This way you are better prepared for the extraordinary situation.
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How is the dying process going?

The natural process of dying can affect the dying person's bodily functions, change his perception and also make itself felt in his appearance. Because all people are different and phases of death are not always the same, the signs of approaching death differ from person to person.

Physical signs

The following are signs that the physical process of dying has begun. you canbut they have to do not occur in every dying person:

  • Loss of appetite: Hunger and thirst decrease. Dying people stop eating and drinking and often have dry mouth and tongue due to lack of fluids.
  • Insensitivity to pain: The general sensory perception diminishes in the dying phases. So while illness can be painful, the process of dying is more likely to bring relief. It is usually painless.
  • Metabolic processes: Metabolism and body functions slow down as you die. As a result of kidney failure, the urine can turn dark. Due to the changed metabolism, unfamiliar body odor can also occur in the time before death.
  • Worse blood circulation: The pulse becomes weaker and faster. The body temperature drops, especially the hands and feet get cold. Bluish discolored fingers are also a sign of the dying process.
  • Breathing in the process of dying: The breath is fast, shallow and / or irregular. Breath pauses. Noises such as rattling or rattling ("rattle breathing") indicate mucus in the airways. The dying person can no longer cough up or swallow it.
  • Waning forces: The dying are getting weaker and weaker. Often they keep their eyes closed because they lack the strength to keep them open. Even speaking is strenuous in the dying phase and becomes more and more difficult to understand.

Changes in consciousness

Sometimes the dying remain perfectly clear until death. The slow failure of the organs often leads to symptoms of poisoning throughout the body. These can cause symptoms such as drowsiness and loss of consciousness:

  • The dying appear to be turned inward. Often at this point, they will have made peace with dying and they will become very calm.
  • The line between dream and reality can become blurred in the dying phases. The dying often see deceased relatives in their room or by their bed and sometimes talk to them.
  • Dreams and visions of the dying are usually pleasant or even comforting at this point.

Signs of approaching death ("terminal phase")

The last phase of dying is also known as the final phase or terminal phase. When death is imminent, the following symptoms are common:

  • The breath becomes more and more shallow and can sometimes stop.
  • The muscles relax. Therefore the mouth can stay open.
  • The pupils only react weakly to light.
  • In the final phase of death, eyes and cheeks sink in.
  • The skin on the face around the nose and mouth looks pale. This pale or grayish color is a typical sign of imminent death. It is therefore also known as the "death triangle" or "triangle of death".
  • Dark spots can form on the underside of the body, especially on the hands and feet.
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How can you ease the dying process?

For some people it is an affair of the heart to provide terminal care for relatives. In the hospice or at home, you can accompany a loved one on the last journey and try to make the dying process easier for them. Be very careful when doing this, because the dying also have very different needs.

  • Do not force the dying to eat and drink, as food intake slows the dying process.
  • Nevertheless, offer liquid so that the mouth does not dry out completely. If the dying person does not want this, it can also help to moisten the lips.
  • Ensure that the dying person has warm hands and feet. The extremities cool down particularly quickly in the last phases of death.
  • If it becomes difficult to breathe, straighten your upper body slightly. Also, ensure that the air in the room is fresh (but not too cold).

  • Keep your ear close to the dying person's face when the person speaks. As your strength fades, it becomes very exhausting to raise your voice.
  • Be patient with the dying. Listen carefully and understand when the dying person appears to be talking confused or fantasizing. But try to calm him down if he becomes anxious during the dying stages.
  • Human interaction and closeness can be comforting in the last hours before death. Do not leave the dying man alone. Hold his hand or gently stroke him as long as he doesn't feel uncomfortable.

  • Even soft music can have a calming effect during the dying phase and create a pleasant atmosphere in the room.
  • On the other hand, some people find it easier to let go and go out of life when they are alone. As a result, patients may die just when their loved ones leave the room or turn away from them for a moment.
    Therefore, stay alert and let the dying person rest if that helps.

Can you stop the dying process?

Nobody wants a loved one to die. It is therefore understandable if you do not want to let your loved one go. Remember, however, that the dying person has had a serious illness or a long life and that he deserves to die in peace.

Once the process of dying begins, most people face death calmly. You look forward to finally resting. Accompany the dying phases as best you can and make the dying as comfortable as possible when the signs of death arise.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the dying process?

A person's dying process comes to the end of their natural aging or of a fatal illness. In the course of this process, all body functions slow down until they finally stop. Then death occurs. The dying process is often accompanied by symptoms that can also be recognized by outsiders. These are known as "signs of dying" or "signs of death approaching."

What are the signs of dying?

The signs of the dying process can appear several days, but also only a few hours before death. However, when people die very suddenly, such as death from a heart attack, these signs do not appear.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Insensitivity to pain
  • Decelerated metabolism
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Rattle breathing
  • Waning forces

In the last phase of dying, the following symptoms can appear:

  • The muscles relax.
  • The mouth stays open.
  • The breath becomes more and more shallow and sometimes stops.
  • The pupils only react weakly to light.
  • Eyes and cheeks sink in.
  • The skin on the face around the nose and mouth looks pale ("triangle of death").
  • Dark spots form on the underside of the body, especially on the hands and feet.
How long does the dying process take?

The length of the dying process varies in different people. The signs of approaching death can appear a few minutes, but also hours and sometimes even days or weeks before actual death. This depends on the general state of health of the dying person and, in particular, on the condition of the vital organs.

What is the death triangle?

The so-called death triangle or triangle of death is one of the signs that the process of dying has started. It is a pale discoloration of the skin around the nose and mouth that can be seen a few hours before death in many dying people.

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