Is it normal to think about dying?
Having some anxiety about death is an entirely normal part of the human condition.
However, for some people, thinking about their own death or the process of dying can cause intense anxiety and fear.
A person may feel extreme anxiety and fear when they consider that death is inevitable.
Does a dying person know they are dying?
While interviewing dozens of people who work with terminally ill patients, or have had deathbed experiences or have come back from death, I learned that the dying often seem to know that they’re going, and when. Within 72 hours of death, they begin to speak in metaphors of journey. The dying are not picturing an end.
What happens when you are dying?
The dying person will feel weak and sleep a lot. When death is very near, you might notice some physical changes such as changes in breathing, loss of bladder and bowel control and unconsciousness. It can be emotionally very difficult to watch someone go through these physical changes.
Can a dying person hear you?
Remember: hearing is thought to be the last sense to go in the dying process, so never assume the person is unable to hear you. Talk as if they can hear you, even if they appear to be unconscious or restless. Try to keep bright sunlight away from the dying person’s face and eyes.