Death is something that we all will experience in our lifetime, yet for many death and dying is an unfamiliar process. Whether you are a patient, caregiver or loved one, it can be a devastating and confusing process to go through. However, the more you understand the dying process, the better off you and your loved ones will be.
Death is not always a negative thing; it can sometimes bring solace and peace to someone who has been struggling with life for years. The sooner you come to terms with these myths about death, the easier it will be on yourself and your family when they’re gone.
Here is what you need to know about the dying process.
Common Misconceptions About Death
Death is a mysterious and scary concept. For many people, their understanding of death comes from the media. However, these portrayals are typically inaccurate. As a result, people are misguided in their beliefs and tend to avoid talking about death. This creates a culture where fear is intensified and leads to more suffering for both patient and loved-one.
Fortunately, we are in a time where it is no longer taboo to talk about death. Understanding the truth about what to expect and what’s a normal part of the process can help make this transition more peaceful for everyone involved.
Stages Of Death
There are 3 making stages of the death and dying process and are marked by various changes in responsiveness and function. However, it is important to remember that this process is unique to everybody, and the stages, symptoms or lack thereof can vary.
Early Stage of Dying
Lasting anywhere from a few days to several weeks, the early stages of dying is often marked by a lack of appetite as patients will see eating as a burden.
During this stage, the body begins to conserve energy and does not need as much nourishment as before. While alarming, this does not cause the patient any pain or suffering. This is a natural process and artificial feeding does not slow the dying process and may lead to more physical distress.
Middle Stage Of Dying
As this dying process progresses, there will be noticeable changes in the patient’s appearance and will become less responsive to their surroundings. When they are in their final days, some patients will be unable to speak or move at all.
Here, the body’s blood circulation slows down and is reserved for helping major internal organs.
Final Stage Of Dying
Disorientation and restlessness will grow in the final stages of dying. Breathing is shallow and irregular, with long pauses that grow more frequent as they near the end. Although this can be a distressing time for loved ones, it is best to try to stay calm.
Helping You Understand Death and Dying
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